Take Me To Town

Thabiso T. Rammala

Thami aka Mbongo: “Take Me to Town” transcends geographical boundaries, offering a universal commentary on the human condition.

Under the dynamic curation of the Pop Art Programme, POPArt POP UP, the Joburg Theatre recently hosted an electrifying performance of Thabiso T. Rammala’s latest masterpiece, “Take Me to Town”.

This production, produced by Blank Page Productions, transcends mere entertainment, emerging as a hard-hitting exploration of societal complexities that dare to challenge and inspire.

Set in the fictional town of Zikhali Municipality, “Take Me to Town” immerses audiences in a dystopian realm where the oppressive grip of Capital has driven normalcy to the shadows.

Against this stark canvas, our protagonist Qhawe, portrayed with stirring authenticity by Lotanang Makoti, embarks on a journey riddled with obstacles: to reunite with his lost love, illuminate the pervasive darkness cloaking Zikhali, or defy the stranglehold of Capital itself.

Rammala’s narrative is a poignant commentary on capitalism, oppression, and the resilience that flickers even in the bleakest of times.

The ensemble cast delivers performances of unwavering intensity, each actor infusing their character with a palpable vitality. Pulane Mafatshe’s portrayal of Lungisa pulsates with raw emotion, while Abongile Maurice Matyutyu’s embodiment of Ta Rikks adds intricate layers to the narrative tapestry. Kopano Mashike’s portrayal as the formidable Officer of the Capital serves as a chilling reminder of power’s unchecked tyranny, while Ziaphora Dakile commands the stage with unwavering presence and a voice that resonates with truth. Darlington Khoza enriches the production with a performance steeped in depth and nuance, contributing to the rich tapestry of “Take Me to Town.”

Rammala’s direction is masterful, breathing life into every facet of the production with unparalleled clarity. From the evocative set design to the seamless choreography, each element coalesces to create an immersive experience that transports audiences into the heart of Zikhali’s struggle.

The meticulous attention to detail is evident in every scene, drawing viewers deeper into the narrative’s gripping tension.

“Take Me to Town” transcends geographical boundaries, offering a universal commentary on the human condition. Through its exploration of capitalism’s consequences, the production ignites introspection and dialogue, challenging audiences to confront uncomfortable truths and envision a path towards progress.

As I revisited “Take Me to Town,” I was once again enveloped by its profound message and flawless execution. This is theatre in its most potent form – a transformative journey that resonates long after the final curtain.

I wholeheartedly endorse the sentiment that this production deserves a wide audience, spanning not just South Africa but reaching across continents.

In conclusion, “Take Me to Town” stands as a testament to the unwavering talent and dedication of its cast, crew, and the visionary minds behind Blank Page Productions.

It emerges as a beacon of hope amidst societal darkness, reminding us of art’s enduring power to spark change and kindle the flames of revolution. I urge theatres worldwide to embrace this remarkable production, for it offers a journey that is both enlightening and essential.

The cast’s stellar performances are complemented by the evocative music of Olufezo Bovungana and Mandisa Yende, with musical direction by Sibusiso Mkhize. Ernest Ginger Baleni’s choreography adds a dynamic layer to the production, while Siyabonga Zwane’s stage management ensures a seamless and unforgettable experience for audiences.

Thami aka Mbongo
akaMbongo Foundation Pty Ltd

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