Lights, camera, action! Dumo Ndlovu and Somizi Mhlonga showcased a theatrical performance that was fit for Broadway. It was a night to celebrate the local talent of South Africa with a show that incorporated live music, dance, and songs.
How Long? is a musical drama directed by Dumo Ndlovu and choreographed by Somizi Mhlongu. It is a remake of the musical drama originally written by Gibson Kente who is known as South Africa’s "Father of Theatre." The reason behind the remake was to honor the talent that Gibson Kente’s work. Due to the apartheid era, Gibson was not afforded the recognition that he deserved nor was he offered the opportunity to showcase his work at this level. His work was only witnessed and enjoyed by his fellow friends and family in the township.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the premier which was performed at the Playhouse Theatre. Cameras were flashing as the crowd made their way down the red carpet dressed in their fabulous 1970’s township flare attire.
The play incorporated talented actors such as Thembi Mtshali, Phindile Gwala, Khaya Dladla, Mondli Makhoba and Nqobile Ndlovu, a live band, and a live orchestra. The performance highlighted the struggles that were experienced during the Apartheid era in 1970. It is centered around Khulu’s family and the struggles they faced under apartheid bureaucracy.
As much as I want to go into detail about the musical drama, it is a masterpiece that needs to be witnessed live and to give Gibson the packed theatre that his work deserves.
The show will run from 5th May 2018 till the 27th May 2018.
• Tuesdays to Fridays at 19h00;
• Saturdays 14h00 and 19h00;
• Sundays at 14h00.
Tickets for this production are priced from R100.00 to R150.00. Bookings can be made through Computicket.