Magnet Theatre is presenting the graduation production of the sixth cohort of the Fulltime Training & Job Creation Programme in The Good Soul of Szechuan by Bertolt Brecht. Translated by David Harrower, it runs from 16 to 24 June 2022, at 7pm at Magnet Theatre.

Directors Mark Fleishman and Qondiswa James work in a dynamic collaboration with Neo Muyanga and Magnet Theatre’s graduating class of 2022: Azola Mkhabile, Bongani Dyalivana, Buhle Stefane, Bulelwa Mbalo, Gabriel Buis, Khaya Magantsela, Kuhle Myathaza, Lindokuhle Melaphi, Mihlali Bele, Molupi Lepeli, Nosiphiwo Ndabeni, Olwethu Qavile, Siphenathi Siqwayi, Sipho Kalako, Thabo Mkenene and Wendy Mrali.

Magnet Theatre’s two-year Fulltime Training and Job Creation Programme is a skills development initiative that helps youth bridge the gap to tertiary education and employment in the creative economy.

“I chose the play because it resonated a lot with the current conditions in South Africa – the wealth gap, major inequalities between rich and poor, the conditions of poverty that many people live under. The play is fundamentally a critique of a capitalist system that puts the acquisition of money and the exploitation of human and other resources in pursuit of profit above all else, and calls into question what determines moral choices and value systems,” says Mark Fleishman, Artistic Director and Co-founder of Magnet Theatre.

“It is also a play by a major figure of modern drama and a significant exponent of political theatre and his work is not often seen any longer in South African theatres because of the size and scale of the productions and the casting required. Working with a group of trainees who required a range of roles to play and in a context that did not require big box office returns, allowed for this choice and satisfied a personal desire to see this kind of work being shown here in Cape Town. The style of the production, which includes physical imagery, choral work, singing, and a broad physical approach to characterization, was also good for showcasing what this group of trainees has learned in their 2.5 years on the Magnet Theatre Full-time Training and Job Creation Programme.”

There will be a matinee on Saturday 18th June and the Graduation performance on Saturday 25 June at Magnet Theatre – Corner of Lower Main and St Michael’s Roads in Observatory.

Tickets are R100, with concessions for scholars, students, pensioners and block bookings @ R50. Bookings can be made at www.webtickets.co.za

What: Magnet Theatre graduation production The Good Soul of Szechuan
Where: Magnet Theatre Cape Town
When: 16 to 24 June 2022 7pm
Info: admin@magnettheatre.co.za, 021 448 3436
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