Wits Theatre’s 969 Festival celebrates its 13th birthday this year with a spectacular lineup of 21 theatre, dance and music productions that will feature on both the Main and fringe stages at the National Arts Festival in 2016.
Running from 13 – 24 July at the Wits Theatre in Braamfontein, the festival has a diverse artistic appeal showcasing work from all over South Africa as well as two international productions from the USA and the UK.
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The 969 kilometres trek is one that most theatre lovers cannot make and for Gautengers, the 969 festival is the most convenient way to experience a cross-section of South African talent. The programme has been structured so that the theatregoer can see several shows in one evening with time for a drink at the theatre bar in between.
Amsterdam (UK) and Unveiled (USA) are our international offerings both featured on the Solo Theatre stage of National Arts Festival Main that talk to the female experience…Unveiled with Gulshan Mia brings to life the heartbreaking yet often humorous stories of 5 courageous Muslim women who faced Islamophobia following 9/11 while Chanje Kunda in Amsterdam tells the story about a woman who risks everything for love.
Brahms lovers are in for a treat with The Wits Trio comprising Malcolm Nay, Zanta Hofmeyr & Maciej Lacny playing some of his best loved sonatas for piano, violin and cello.
The multi winning dance production “Feathers” from Moving into Dance features the choreographic talents of Sunnyboy Mandla Motau, Rachel Erdos, Eugene Mashiane and Oscar Buthelezi while the KZN Dance Company who made a major splash at last’s year festival will ask what “If the World was Listening”, a visually stunning production about our country since 1994.
Also from Durban is Clinton Marius’s brilliant multi-award winning satire that sold out at the festival last year titled “The B!*ch Stole my Doek” and his latest offering, the sweet and poignant love story “Sweetie Darling” with the massively talented Bongani Mbatha.
Theatre stalwarts Peter Terry, Mike van Graan and Phyllis Klotz have written new plays Immortal, Pay back the Curry and Chapter 2 Section 9 respectively. Other shows include Sifiso Zimba’s Apple directed by award winning director and writer Omphile Molusi, Prince Mlamla’s To4rm; Just Antigone, Masechaba: The Poetess, Heart’s Hotel with the prodigiously talented an funny Toni Morkel, Burn from Bailey Snyman, The Village, a Wits student production and Blue and Ingrid from AltEye Productions, an immensely creative theatre company with Maude Sandham, Simona Mazza and Rachel Neary.
Secret ballot and bRENT- A Mobile Thriller round off this spectacular lineup. Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za