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"Refugees" plays for Africa month at the State Theatre

Written by: Moleshiwe Magana

This Africa month, the South African State Theatre presents a hard-hitting play entitled “Refugees” that shines light on humiliating realities in the journey of refugees in Africa.

The play follows people reduced into statistics trapped in a refugee camp. It takes audiences through personal stories of refugees expressing their pain, sadness, soul searching, hope, questioning and exploring the power of religion and spirituality. A tale that questions the state of freedom. How far are we to being free? The story is told through movement, song, images, and narration.

Refugees Director Mpho Jerry Pooe says its befitting for this play to take center stage in Africa Month. “We dedicate this play to Africa Month as it will make a big impact in making our people aware of their own continent. This is an attempt to free our communities from ignorance. Our hope of making our continent peaceful continues, our quest to challenge the world that Africa is not a dark continent continues.”

Pooe is the former Artistic Director for Windybrow Theatre with over twenty-five years’ experience in the arts industry. He has written and directed over twenty productions under his belt. The Soweto born’s work is popular in his career province Kwa-Zulu -Natal where some of his plays like Moipone, Peace in the Valley, Ekhaya Poppie, and Dinuzulu have seen the Playhouse Theatre in KZN. Another musical he wrote and directed, ‘King Cetshwayo The Musical’ toured the UK last year, 2017.

There are no answers or solutions except informing the audience about the realities of being a refugee, the pain, the humiliation that they go through. The story is told through an African Eye, digging deeper at the hidden greed by the West in ravaging our continent. As a Pan African it is within our shoulders to tell our stories. Aluta Continua!

Mpho Jerry Pooe - Director of Refugees

This production is presented in association with Wushwini Pan African Centre For Arts Culture and Heritage based in KwaNgcolosi, KZN. The arts center is focused on developing community youth to become skilled artists for the arts industry. Pooe is founder and Managing Director of the centre.

Refugees

16 -27 May 2018

Previews: 16 & 17 May

Opening Night: 18 May 2018, 20:00, Momentum.

Tickets: R110, R55 on Tuesday Nights at Computicket.

For Refugees

Jerry Pooe – Director

Reggie Denster – Choreographer

Lighting Designer – Peter Mokgosi

CREW

Production Manager – Mxolisi Ngubane

Stage Manager – Kholwa Bhengu

CAST

Mpume Mthombeni – As Mother Courage

Musawenkosi Shabalala – As Priest

Thamsanqa Silindana – As General

Gabriel Mpanza – As Kude

Xolani Henema – As Kamamba

Stella Zuma – As Patricia Opondo

Buhle Nkomo – As Young Boy

Buhle Maphanga – As Mourning Mother

For more information on the Bios/Profile, Pictures, interview requests, and media accreditation please contact Public Relation at State Theatre on the following details

Alexandra Bouwer (PR and Marketing Manager)

Cell: 0828090992

Tel: 012 392 4000

E-Mail: alexandra@statetheatre.co.za

Thakgatso Setseta (Junior PR Officer)

Cell: 0788233596

Tel: 012 392 4045

E-Mail: Thakgatso@statetheatre.co.za




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