Previews: 28 February - 9 March 2017
Opening Night: 10 March 2017
Closing Night: 20 May 2017
Venue: Opera Theatre
SARAFINA - The Broadway Hit Musical, is a musical experience with songs performed in the tradition of Mbaqanga, fused with jazz, rhythm, blues and gospel. This proudly South African musical, set during the 1976 uprisings in Soweto deals with the radicalisation of a young school girl who becomes embroiled in the riots and is tortured by the South African Police. The musical is set in the Morris Isaacson High School against the backdrop of students revolting against Afrikaans being used as a medium of instruction. It will be a pleasure to present this work again after we resurrected the original version in 2004 when we celebrated ten
years of democracy in South Africa
During its second run at The South African State Theatre in 2004, the production attracted more than 25,000 people with twenty seven performances; it will surely attract much needed audiences to our theatre. It is a winner and with challenges facing our educational system, arts and culture must step up and help us look back and remember that this democracy was achieved through blood and tears and that education is a right and not a privilege.
2016 marked the fortieth anniversary of the 1976 uprising and massacre of young people of South Africa. Sarafina - The Broadway Hit Musical is no doubt one theatrical piece that remains and will forever be a constant reminder of the pain, the misery and most importantly the hope that young people had for the South Africa that we are enjoying today. Furthermore, this is the time to tell our own stories.