Archive | June, 2013

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE THAT IS PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN

23 Jun

The MW team went to see Lara Foot’s masterpiece at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square. It stars Dame Janet Suzman and the brilliant Khayalethu Anthony. We felt so connected to the piece having worked with both Brett Goldin whose tragic and senseless murder inspired the work and Mannie Mannim whose genius lighting design is like another silent but beautiful character in the story.The bittersweet story of an unlikely friendship, the unspeakable pain of loss, the unbearable contradictions of this country and the people who live here. It re affirmed all the spectacular achievements that local performing artists can and do produce and made us very proud to be associated with all things South African and all things that are unique to us. 

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MAVERICK WAREHOUSE IS DRUM STRUCK

16 Jun

This year is the first time since its inception in 2001, that two touring casts of the smash hit musical phenomenon DRUM STRUCK will be traveling simultaneously to different parts of the world.  Co created and directed by MW Creative Director Kathy-Jo Wein, DRUM STRUCK has been a much loved show on the Japanese entertainment calendar for the past six years. This year, a second cast will be appearing on the Edinburgh Fringe at the coveted 770 seater the Assembly. DRUM STRUCK has a brilliant new book written by prodigious South African writing talent Stephen Francis. The tone is wickedly irreverent and funny in the style of Book of Mormon whilst maintaining it’s warm, engaging family appeal. All the brilliant musical numbers and interactive drumming scenes that have made this production unique are cleverly featured in the story of the Ubuntu Queen. Mega talent Tiny Modise plays the Ubuntu Queen and mesmerizing singer/song writer Wendy Oldfield is DRUM STRUCK Edinburgh’s quirky special surprise. The South African contributions to major international arts festivals, the biggest of which is Edinburgh, continues to make the MW team extremely proud and this year promises to be the best one yet.

Drum Struck’s Journey Through Time

10 Jun

Drum Struck's Journey Through Time.

Maverick Warehouse’s Kathy-jo Wein busy in rehearsals for the 2013 Japan Tour and 2013 Edinburgh Tour with an all new Drumstruck show.

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EXTRAORDINARY SOUTH AFRICAN WORK THE EPICENE BUTCHER APPEARING NOW AT KIPPIES

2 Jun

EXTRAORDINARY WORK BORROWED FROM ANCIENT JAPAN APPEARING NOW AT KIPPIES

Appearing at Kippies in Newtown is a show that borrows from a 12th century old Japanese art of storytelling known as Kamishibai (directly translated as “paper story”) colourfully used to tell seven stories as far and wide as that of Nelson Mandela, to those with a bit of hentei, all in one show.
Co-written by Gwydin Beynon and Jemma Kahn, who also shares the stage with performer Klara van Wyk, known as the “Chalk Girl,” the three have captivated audiences from Japan to Amsterdam, recapturing this age old art now practiced by fewer than 100 Kamishibai performers in its native land, and thought to also be the predecessor of manga and anime.
Jemma Kahn studied Kamishibai under the veteran performer Roukda Genji, with whom she travelled and performed extensively throughout Japan. In The Epicene Butcher, Kahn performs seven eclectic Kamishibai stories that take on such divergent themes as heaven and hell, pornography, Gothic tragedy and the dream life of cats.
This theatrical oddity is on for one more week only at the Market Theatre, after the show’s runaway successes as The National Arts Festival and Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2012 and Musho! International Theatre Festival 2013. The MW team love it! As fellow mavericks we recommend it to everyone who loves good art and brilliant performance. See it!