Marikana – The Musical Returns at State Theatre

Marikana the musical cast IMAGE-Sanmari Marais

Marikana the musical cast IMAGE-Sanmari Marais

PRETORIA -NOMINATED  13 times and scooping six Naledi Awards, Marikana – The Musical has proven beyond doubt that it is indeed the best musical theatre since 1994.
After enchanting audiences and critics alike this gigantic, musical explosive returns to the stage at The South African State Theatre, this time backed by a huge public demand. Marikana – The Musical a new South African musical adapted by acclaimed multi-award winning playwright and theatre director, Aubrey Sekhabi from the book “We Are Going to kill Each Other Today”- The Marikana Story penned by South African writers , Thanduxolo Jika, Felix Dlangamandla, Lucas Ledwaba,Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandwa Saba and Leon Sadiki.
Forty strong award-winning cast led by the formidable Meshack “Mimi” Mavuso, Aubrey Poo, Emma Mmekwa, and Mpho “Mckenzie” Matome unleash a blow by blow account of the events that led to the loss of 44 lives at the hands of the police and the miners.
Marikana – The Musical goes back to the villages and townships where they came from and give faces and names to the fallen brothers, sons, fathers and uncles.
Twenty years into our democracy, can we say that we are a tolerant society if we can lose so many lives at our own hands? The killing did not start on the day of the shooting and after it started it spread like wildfire and “Tomorrow morning, the men will sing again. Their spears, pangas, inculas and sticks will clatter menacingly.
They will recite battle cries from their homelands, and move about in organized columns, raising clouds of dust. But 34 of them will sing for the very last time”.
“Marikana – the musical has been a humbling experience for us, awards, accolades and public demand it has been a real roller-coaster of emotions for me, the creative team and the cast we hope to continue using art to heal, mourn and most importantly to teach tolerance,” says Aubrey Sekhabi – Director Marikana – The musical.
Sekhabi is proving to be a dominating, influential positive voice in the arts with unprecedented 18 Naledi Awards nominations in one cycle for two new South African works.
Marikana – The Musical came tops at the Naledi Theatre Awards 2014 winning the best production of a musical (The South African State Theatre) Best Director (Aubrey Sekhabi), Best Performance in a Musical: Female (Emma Mmekwa), Best Set Design (Wilhelm Disbergen), Best Musical Score (Mckenzie Matone, Zakele Mabena and Aubrey Sekhabi), Best original Choreography (Thabo Rapoo).
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