Press Release below:
The Market Theatre and the Windybrow Theatre in association with
Handspring Puppet Company
UBU and the Truth Commission
Author Jane Taylor
Directed by William Kentridge and associate Janni Younge
25 August – 11 September 2016
Ubu and the Truth Commission is a striking collaboration between William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company. After extensive international touring this landmark piece of South African Theatre is returning to the Market Theatre to entertain and challenge audiences. The production is laced with dark sardonic wit, spectacular and disturbing animation and poignant, finely detailed puppetry.
The performance combines puppetry, live actors, music, animation and documentary footage drawn from the historical archive of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The character of Pa Ubu (Dawid Minaar) represents the various instruments of Apartheid violence, like the police, assassins, spies and politicians. For Pa Ubu, torture, sex and food are all elements of a single gross appetite.
The drama revolves around a metaphorical tale of marital betrayal. Ma Ubu (Busi Zokufa) misinterprets Pa’s nocturnal absences in this tragic comedy that gives us glimpses into the devastating complexities of Apartheid. Handspring’s ingenious puppets provide the poignant testimonies that formed part of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission hearings. Direction and animation are by William Kentridge.
The Market Theatre’s Artistic Director James Ngcobo is bringing back Ubu and the Truth Commission to help the theatre celebrate its 40th anniversary by staging an exciting line-up of diverse and exhilarating productions. The play had its premier at the Market Theatre 20 years ago, and members of the original cast, Busi Zokufa and Dawid Minaar, are back on stage in the roles they brought to life so vividly.
Revived in celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa, the production has been touring internationally for the past 3 years. It is now returning to South Africa for a limited season from 25 August – 11 September, with the Market Theatre bringing it back home.
Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America
Brasil, Columbia, Taiwan, South Africa, United-Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Australia, Canada, USA, France, Spain, Hungary and Germany.
Author Jane Taylor
Director William Kentridge
Associate Director Janni YOunge
Puppet Design Adrian Kohler
Animation William Kentridge
Lighting Design Wesley France
Set Design Adrian Kohler and William Kentridge
Costume Design Adrian Kohler
Choreographer Robyn Orlin
Sound Design Wilbert Schubel
Music Design Warrick Sony and Brenday Jury
Sound Technitian Simon Mahoney
Stage Manager Bruce Koch
Dawid Minaar Pa Ubu
Busi Zokufa Ma Ubu
Mongi Mthombeni Puppeteer
Mandiseli Maseti Puppeteer
Gabriel Marchand Puppeteer
Season: 25 August – 11 September 2016
Opening Night Friday 26 August 2016
Venue: The John Kani @The Market Theatre
Show times: Tuesdays to Saturdays @ 20h00 and Sunday @15h00
To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 121 and Ncebakazi Thintsila 011 832 1641 ext 135.
- Student Price R65.00
- Tuesday – Wednesday R95. 00
- Thursday: R 120.00
- Friday – Saturday: R 200.00
- Sunday: R 150.00
For further information, interviews and images, contact:
Lusanda Zokufa , Senior Publicist
011 832 1641 ext 123 or 072 367 7867