The multiple award-winning production G7: OKWE-BOKHWE (Like/Of a Goat), directed by University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer Mandla Mbothwe, will be staged at the P4 Studio at the Hiddingh Hall campus from tomorrow, 12 June, ahead of its run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown later this month.
Originally devised by Mbothwe, a lecturer at the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS), the powerful production is based on the historical records around the killing of the Gugulethu Seven, young members of the resistance arm of the ANC, Umkhonto weSizwe (MK). They died on 3 March 1986 in an ambush at the hands of the apartheid security forces.
He worked on the concept with the fifth cohort of trainees on the Magnet Theatre’s full-time training and job creation programme 2017/18, who now return as graduates and third-year interns to perform the production for the 2019 tour.
The Magnet Theatre is one of the country’s best-known independent physical theatre companies, aimed at transforming young lives and the industry as a whole. It was co-founded 31 years ago by Professor Mark Fleishman, director of the CTDPS.
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