Date: 11 Jul - 12 Aug 2017
Venue: Drama Theatre
MARIKANA - THE MUSICAL is an award winning adaptation by Aubrey Sekhabi of the novel entitled “We Are Going To Kill Each Other Today” The Marikana Story by Felix Dlangamandla, Thanduxolo Jika, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandiwe Saba and Leon Sadiki. MARIKANA - THE MUSICAL has received an unprecedented 13 Naledi Theatre Nominations and went on to win 6 Naledi Theatre Awards during its 2015 run at The South African State Theatre alone.
On the 16th of August 2012, after a standoff of several days that led to the loss of ten lives, South African Police opened fire on mine workers who had gathered on a koppie (hill) at Marikana in the North West Province in defiance of their employer, their trade union and ultimately, the South African State. The tragedy made headlines and shocked the world all over. Meshack Mavuso and Aubrey Poo lead a strong cast of 30 artists that unleashes a blow by blow account of the events that led to the loss of 44 lives at the hands of the police and the miners. “Tomorrow morning, the men will sing again. Their spears, pangas, inculas and sticks will clatter menacingly. They will recite battle cries from their homelands, and move about in organised columns, raising clouds of dust. But 34 of them will sing for the very last time.” MARIKANA - THE MUSICAL gives faces and names to the fallen brothers, sons, fathers and uncles. Twenty years into our democracy, can we say that we are a tolerant society if we can lose so many lives at our own hands?
The production uses new compositions by Mpho Mckenzi Matome & Zakhele Mabena and the traditional songs that were sung in unison and beautiful harmonies as the miners expressed their emotions, frustrations, poverties and miseries.