LIBERAT!ON MMXVI, a multi-faceted and multi-channelled programme of creative works for 2016, presented by UJ Arts & Culture.
Phillip Dikotla’s multi award-winning Skierlik kicked off the trilogy of plays in the Con Cowan Theatre, under the banner of UJ Arts & Culture’s LIBERAT!ON MMXVI.
Dikotla penned and performs the compelling play Skierlik, which deals with 17-year-old Johan Nel’s shooting spree in the North-West informal settlement of the same name. The devastating massacre had tragic effects on those who were left behind and on those families who lost their breadwinners. Desperate to restore what had been lost, Dikotla embarked on writing the play, determined that communities and audience members should be able to relate to it.
Dannelene Noach’s novel, Woman Alone has been adapted and directed by Christo Davids, and stars Lee-Ann van Rooi in the true story of a woman incarcerated in Saudi Arabia for 99 days. The Con Trilogy of works wraps with emerging director Phala Ookeditse Phala taking the reins with a UJ Arts & Culture professional production of Athol Fugard’s iconic Boesman and Lena, starring Makhaola Ndebele in the role of Boesman, opposite Lalu Mokuku as Lena.
Skierlik, which opened on 19 April, and Woman Alone, which opens 3 May, both run for limited seasons of five performances only. Boesman and Lena opens on 17 May and runs until 28 May. All shows commence nightly at 19:30, from Tuesday to Saturday and tickets are available through Computicket.