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The Market starts 2013 with a bang!

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By Diane De Beer

After taking New York by storm the award-winning Mies Julie returns home to South Africa for possibly its last season at the Market Theatre.

After premiering at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown last year, they played Cape Town, enjoyed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and followed with a season at the State Theatre.

The production was met with unanimous critical acclaim in Edinburgh and garnered three of the festival’s top awards and numerous five-star reviews.

Farber has assembled a formidable cast led by Thoko Ntshinga as Christine, with Bongile Mantsai as John and Hilda Cronje as Julie.

Canadian brothers Daniel and Matthew Pencer created the music for the production, in collaboration with Tandiwe Nofirst Lungisa from the Ngqoko Cultural Group. Production and lighting design is by Patrick Curtis (original lighting design by Paul Abrams) and costumes by Birrie le Roux. The music is performed by Brydon Bolton and Mark Fransman for a season in The Laager that runs until February 24.

Not resting on their laurels, they add to this already formidable team with a production of The Island starring Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana directed by both writer and star of the original production Dr John Kani who happens to be Atandwa’s father. DIANE DE BEER speaks to the two young actors about their rewarding and courageous journey.

Also see reviews of The Island and Mies Julie which opened as a double bill this past Saturday.

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