Experience the brilliance of Solo’s & Duets festival
Solo’s and Duets is a festival dedicated to creating a platform for young and independent producers to showcase their artistic work and give audiences thought-provoking performances from 22-24 October 2020 at Soweto Theatre.
The festival which will feature the work of five carefully selected producers with a grand opening night of Last Cow Standing on 22 October at 20H00. This is a fantasy piece that tells the story of a kingdom in turmoil. A plague is killing its cows and on the advice of his council, the king decides that a mass sacrifice of all the cows that are left should take place in order to cleanse the kingdom of this curse. Performed, written and directed by renowned Menzi Mkhwane, who holds a Naledi Theatre Award for best newcomer. His performance is one that promises to keep audiences glued to their seats.
Betewu will showcase on 23 October. It is a solo performance that explores the mental dangers and psychological stresses that men go through while being told not to cry when they are hurt. The play speaks to the responsibilities that men carry daily and the demands which cannot be shared because of society’s perspectives of men.
In addition to the line-up, on the 23 October is Simon, a biography piece choreographed and performed by Thamsanqa Tshabalala. ‘Simon’ is a contemporary and physical theatre one-hander that aims to educate and celebrate the life of the anti-apartheid, gay rights, and Aids activist Simon Tseko Nkoli.
The Festival will close with its two last performers on 24 October, Scuttling Skin, written and directed by Mthokozisi Zulu and Tshebeletso Mohale and Selfie le Jeso produced by African Entertainers.
Scuttling Skin uses poetry and movement to add to the story as we get an insight into Yuna’s deepest thoughts and opinions and Selfie le Jeso is about the death of Tshenolo (17), a teenage boy who is killed through an act of mob justice, leaves his brother Tsogo (30) in distress and in great depression. Tsogo has been working hard to get his little brother through school, and to save his childhood crush Lucia (25). The return of Jesus in their township is Tsogo’s only hope to heal.
“Audiences can expect exceptional solo performer performances by young contemporary storytellers who are grappling with questions of survival and triumph in modern day South Africa. The Solo’s and Duets Festival is relevant to our society in uplifting the young producers, inspiring the youth and fostering dialogue. The prevalent themes include biographies, family dignity, gender, mental health, coming of age stories, politics and storytelling amongst others,” says Joburg City Theatres Artistic Director Makhaola Ndebele.
The following Covid-19 protocols for those with the unique opportunity to be part of the live audience will be adhered to:
– All guests must wear masks and sanitise upon entrance into the Soweto Theatre.
– Audience is limited to 50% of venue capacity.
– Health questionnaire screening at all entrances with a temperature check.
– Each guest must produce their Identity Documents upon entrance in order to complete the health questionnaire.
– Inside the venue, social distancing is strictly adhered to.
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