Marikana – The musical currently showing at the South African State Theater (SAST) from 2 to 28 Aug 2022 is set to be a must see show. The show was last seen on stage at the SAST in 2017 after its stage premier in 2014 and is now showing to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Marikana massacre of 2012. Sunday 7th Aug 2022 saw the SAST filled to capacity with patrons who came to watch the show and they were not disappointed as they gave the cast a big applause and a standing ovation. Is just to show why in 2015 the show won six Naledi Theatre awards out of 18 nominations.

Written and directed by a multi award winning playwright and director Aubrey Sekhabi the show brings to life a book ‘We are going to kill each other today’, co-written by journalist Lucas Ledwaba, Athandiwa Saba, Sebabatso Mosomo and Thanduxolo Jika, with photography Leon Sadiki and Felix Dlangamandla. Most of them were working for Media 24 and some for Primedia at the time of Massacre.

In telling a tragic and painful event in the history of South Africa the show is unbelievably sad, funny and tends to be celebratory with traditional music and struggle songs, lamentations and protest chants that underlines, highlight and accentuate the characters and their stories. The singing and dialogue are informed in part by the protest songs actually sung by miners who were slain during the notorious event.

With star actors Aubrey Pooe as General Nyoko a fictional version of police General William Mbembe – and Meshack Mavuso, who plays the role of the man in the (Mgcineni “Mambush” Noki), the production and theatrical technique is superb – with standing ovation and applause from the audience.

By: Nomsa Morobane.

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