UMTIZA ARTS FESTIVAL 2019 – SOPHIATOWN

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/06/2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Sophiatown, the play, centered in the house of Mamariti and her shebeen, embeds questions about race and identity, the relationship of music and politics, and between writing fiction and politics. Mamariti, the shebeen queen, is the mother of Mingus, part of the infamous Americans gang and Lulu, a cheeky 16-year-old fed up with Bantu education. Writer and aspiring intellectual Jake rents a room in Mamariti’s house while he waits for his big break: a two page feature in Drum magazine. The pages of the magazine carried the stories of the people of Sophiatown – from the swinging night life and pin-up girls to the political mayhem of the time. Together they live with Mingus’s girlfriend Princess and his trusted side-kick Charlie, who hardly says a word ever… Jewish bohemian girl Ruth Golding from Yeoville comes to stay with them after seeing the ad.
Directed by: Cameron McEwan
Musical Direction: Zihle Ndika
Choreographer: Jenna Tesmer

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