Marikana – The Musical to screen in cinemas

Marikana -The Musical. Image by Sanmari Marais.

The critically acclaimed Marikana – The Musical will be showing to fans on the big screen in Ster-Kinekor Theatres (SKT) cinemas from 19 November to 12 December 2021, as part of the ongoing collaboration between SKT and the South African State Theatre (SAST) to screen theatre productions in cinemas. Written and directed by multiple award-winning playwright and director Aubrey Sekhabi, the musical is an adaptation from the book “We Are Going to Kill Each Other Today”- The Marikana Story penned by eminent South African writers, Thanduxolo Jika, Felix Dlangamandla, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandwa Saba and Leon Sadiki.

Starring award-winning performers Meshack Mavuso-Magabane, Aubrey Poo, Emma Mmekwa, Siyasanga Papu and Mpho “Mckenzie” Matome, Marikana-The Musical unleashes 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. It goes back to the villages and townships where they came from and give faces and names to the fallen brothers, sons, fathers, and uncles.

On 16 August 2012, police opened fire on a crowd of protesting mineworkers in Marikana, Northwest. The fateful incident left 34 mineworkers dead. The mineworkers were demanding a wage increase at the Lonmin platinum mine. The event was described as the biggest incident of police brutality since the advent of democracy and it revived memories of the brutality suffered under Apartheid security police.

Marikana– The Musical was last seen on stage in 2017 at the State Theatre. After its stage premiere in 2014, this explosive musical garnered respect of audiences and critics alike and won six Naledi Awards out of 18 unprecedented nominations the following year. The won awards include 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).

What the media said about Marikana– The Musical:
– Marikana evokes deep empathy- The Star Tonight
– It’s superb theatre- City Press
– It’s a sad and tragic story- Sowetan
-A tale of democracy’s pitfalls- Daily Maverick

Marikana-The Musical can be watched in SKT cinemas including Musgrave (Durban), Sterland and Brooklyn (Pretoria), Newtown and Rosebank Nouveau (Johannesburg), Cavendish (Cape Town), and Baywest (Gqeberha).

Tickets can be purchased at SKT cinemas and online on the website

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