The Freedom musical comes to the South African State Theatre in the wake of eight Naledi Award nominations and newly cast leads from 30 April to 2 June, 2019.
The world premiere of the fallists Freedom production in 2018 was hailed as a true dramatization of what occurred during the Fees Must fall campaigns in 2015 and 2016. Many students retold their emotional account every time they attended the show. This year the musical makes a return with Naledi nominations for awards including Best Musical Production, New Script, Original Score, Choreography (Mduduzi Nhlapo) and Set Design (Wilhelm Disbergen).
Former lead actress Simphiwe Ndlovu (as Phindile) will compete in the Best Female Musical lead category. The 2019 Naledi Awards will be held at the Joburg Theatre on 20 May 2019.
Freedom directed by Aubrey Sekhabi
Freedom is written and directed by award-winning playwright and Director and SAST’s Artistic Director Aubrey Sekhabi, who is also nominated for Best Director Naledi Award. The musical features hip hop star Siphelele ‘Pdot’ O’ Mnyandu, Kabelo “Bonafide Billi” Togoe (nominated for Best Musical Director), the baritone Otto Maidi and 2017 Idols Top 10 finalist Thokozile Ndimande. New leads will also be announced before the production opens.
The Freedom musical sports a of 47 a 13-piece band. It tells the story of Phindile, a Tshwane University of Technology student and leader of the fees must fall movement. Her life takes a turn after student protests at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. What started as a students’ plea for free education, gets distorted by xenophobic attacks and crimes committed by rotten elements claiming to be part of the movement. But Phindile stops at nothing to fight for the freedom of students and her own.
The story examines violent crime – be it rape, women abuse, racism, xenophobia, corruption, or police brutality. The production relays stories of young women like Frances Rasuge, Reeva Steenkamp and Karabo Mokoena, who perished at the hands of their boyfriends.
What: Musical Freedom South African State Theatre
Where: The South African State Theatre Pretoria South Africa
Time: Mon – Fri 8pm, Sun 3pm
Freedom tickets State Theatre: R100 – R300, www.webtickets.co.za Schools/group bookings 012 392 4000
Freedom Age restriction : 13 years
State Theatre Pretora: www.statetheatre.co.za