Sizwe Banzi is Alive (working title) is back again but now for its professional debut on stage at POP Art!
Through a presentational style, Masiza Mbali and Simpho Mathenjwa, brings to life a few multiple characters who will take the audience through a heartfelt story of a young man’s search for his grandfather, name and past. A definite blast from the past! by new, young, fresh and creative theatrical minds.
Join us on this EXCITING story and be a part of our humble professional beginnings as we pay tribute to a past that ties a South African people together. Even more so, come and enjoy a journey of a new work that is a reflection and a conversation with one of South African theatrical classics! This experience is guaranteed to leave all your senses enthralled and met with a theatrical delight!
Directed by : Eliot Moleba
We run from the 5 – 8 April 2012!
Thursday – 8pm Friday, 8pm Saturday, 3:30pm and 8pm Sunday.
Tickets are selling at R80 pp
This past week, Joburg was thrilled by an innovative performance of Sizwe Banzi is Alive. The theatrical work, directed by Eliot Moleba boasts a cast of two immensely talented actors: Masiza Mbali and Simpho Mathenjwa. Through a startling lack of props and a bare stage, the cast effectively captures its audience as they bring to life the beautiful and equally heartbreaking tale of so many families of this country.
South Africa is a diverse nation struggling everyday to heal the wounds of the past. It’s powerful and promising present has been starkly cut out from a painful past but how is the present defined? It’s defined by those living in it and most importantly, by their identity. Sizwe Banzi is Alive explores this concept as well as the problems and emotions arising from the struggle to find that identity. The journey undertaken in this play is not the journey of one man but rather it highlights the personal struggles of many South Africans today.
Watching this show is not a one hour experience. The story lingers with the viewer long after the show has closed. The play maintains a brilliant balance of drama, suspense and a touch of humour; truly an eye-opening experience and a pleasure to watch!
This review was written by Erin-Dianne Richards on the 12th of July 2012.