Some suggestions for what to see on JHB stages this month
14 June - 7 July
The Market Theatre is producing two distictively creative masterpieces to mark a Continental Season. Frontières written and mentored by Bobby Rodwell is directed by Mmabatho Montsho and The Fisherman written by Chigozie Obieme and directed by James Ngcobo.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated film, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
Joburg Ballet brings a spark and crackle to mid-winter with four sleekly neo-classical ballets at Joburg Theatre from 5 to 14 July. In a glittering collection of works collectively entitled Unbound, the company showcases four riveting ballets, including two world premieres, which are set to ignite the stage with the sweep and surge of 21st century ballet at its best. The two world premieres in Unbound are choreographer Shannon Glover’s I Think, Therefore I Am and choreographer Kitty Phetla’s Wakanda.
One man theatre at its intimate best: hot on the heels from its recent sold out and extended season in Cape Town, this brutal, brave yet hilarious show marks a return to the Barney Simon for Jervis, not only as a writer but also as a performer, singing and dancing (sort of!) on stage for the first time since the early eighties.
Xova, ‘Ukuxova’, a Xhosa word meaning to prepare dough for home-baked bread, portrayed as a metaphor for the process of raising a child.Set on a dry and dusty village on the outskirts of Pretoria, Xova follows a young woman in a heavily disadvantaged family bringing a healthy child to life and having to raise it without the Father.
The Poetry League is heating up as we head closer to the grand finale at the 9th Word N Sound Youth Poetry Festival in October. Each month, 20 poets engage in the fiercest literary battle in hopes of taking home the cash prize and bragging rights. This truly is Africa's toughest slam with an unforgetable feast for spoken word lovers every 1st Saturday at the Con Cowan Theatre on UJ's Bunting Rd campus
A fast-paced, multi-conventional play, CALL US CRAZY is essentially an hilarious comedy that sees South Africa laughing at itself! The play gives humorous, flash-glimpses into South African life in the townships, rural and urban areas, unconvincing parliamentary debates, challenges in government and more uniquely South African scenarios.
Honey - Bees is a children’s Theatre Production which focuses on a daily routine of bees. However, there’s a bit of a twist when Tikka - Bee develops negative feelings towards Lil – Bee because she’s smart and inquisitive than her. She decides to betray her when they embark on a task journey. The message of this play is to teach children about betrayal, dishonesty, cowardice and selfishness.
Your favourite intimate nights of poetry, books, music & good vibes in the city are back! Join us every first and last Wednesday for the Poetry Corner Open Mic Nights at Outie Bakery + Cafe in Newtown. Entrance is free & the mic is open to all so bring your friends to support you as you share your poems and songs with the fam over drinks and good food. All you have to do to perform is arrive at 7pm and add your name to the list.