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The Market Theatres scoops Festival accolades

BY Sihle Poswayo 07.07.17

THE MARKET Theatre is South Africa’s leading creative hub for creating and presenting thought-provoking, inspiring and original South African theatre of the highest standard. Both productions on the Festival’s fringe programme have won the Standard Bank Fringe Ovation Award.

The Market Theatre Laboratory’s production, Hani, which was awarded the Standard Bank Fringe Ovation Award, opened at the Festival last week playing to full houses and rousing standing ovations. Hani is a contemporary and inspiring story about the life and times of assassinated political leader, Chris Hani. The presentation of Hani at the Festival coincides with the 75th anniversary of the birth of the charismatic leader.

Following its momentous success at the National Arts Festival Hani will be staged at the 969 Festival at Wits Theatre. The popular Johannesburg festival curated by Gita Pather will take place from 14 – 30 July 2017. “The accolades awarded to the Market Theatre’s productions affirms our reputation as both a leader in theatre training and as a producer of artistic excellence. It is a feather in the cap of our students as well as the committed industry professionals who partner with the Market Theatre Foundation to mentor young and emerging artists,” said Ismail Mahomed, the CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation.

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