Cape Town Theatre: Tsotsi The Musical at Artscape

You simply have to indulge in one of Cape Town’s superb theatre offerings during your visit to the Mother City, and there’s no better introduction to the Cape Town theatre scene than Artscape’s latest production, Tsotsi, The Musical.

 

Based on the 2005 Academy award-winning film which is in turn derived from the novel by Athol Fugard, Tsotsi has now been recreated in musical form for Cape Town audiences.

 

What’s the Plot?

 

Without giving away too much, Tsotsi centres on the harsh circumstances of a young South African named David who runs away from his abusive father. As a result of being homeless and on the streets, he becomes involved with the gangs of Alexandria near Johannesburg. His life of crime leads him on a series of misadventures, murder and betrayal.

 

Ultimately it leaves him with a kidnapped child to deal with. The plot twists and turns but ultimately, David attempts to do the right thing by returning the child to its parents. The film was created with two opposing scenarios at the end, but neither were added to the final version, leaving the audience wondering what actually happened.

 

Bringing Tsotsi to Life – The credits read like a who’s who of local artistic talent.

 

The multi-award-winning composer, songwriter and produce, Zwai Bala of TKZee is responsible for the score. Mkhululi Mabija, of The Blue-Eyed Xhosa fame, came up with the lyrics while Neil Coppen and Khayelihle Dominique Gumede direct.

 

Michael Mitchell and Kirsty Cumming’s ingenious use of projection and movable elements make up the set. Thando Lobese is on costume design and up-and-coming young artist, Sonia Radebe, is the choreographer.

A Star-Studded Cast

Naturally, a local cast takes to the stage in the Cape Opera’s version of the screenplay.

Hip-hop artist Mxolisi ‘Zuluboy’ Majozi takes on the lead role supported by rising stars Busisiwe Ngejane, Bianca Le Grange, Kgomotso Matsunyane, Katlego Letsholonyana, Lindani Nkosi, Msizi Njapha, Thembisile Ntaka and Royston Stoffels.

What’s up at Artscape?

The production is almost 3 hours long and takes place at premier Cape Town Theatre, Artscape, located at the Foreshore in DF Malan Street.

You can book online on the theatre website for a cost of R125 to R280. The show runs from 8 until 17 February 2018 so shake a leg if you don’t want to miss out.

Image Credit: Artscape

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsotsi

http://www.artscape.co.za/event/tsotsi-the-musical/

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