20th September – 8th October
A new gripping drama. It is December 1991, Post WWII Yugoslavia is about to erupt in a civil war as different regions fight for their independence.
Daphne Kuhn presents
CHEERS TO SARAJEVO
20th September – 8th October
Written by AIMEE GOLDSMITH and LIDIJA MARELIC
Director LIDIJA MARELIC (Naledi Nominee 2016 - Best New Emerging Voice)
Assistant Director LARICE KELLY
Designer KAYLI ELIT SMITH
Duane Behrens, Aimèe Goldsmith, Chris van Rensburg, Yiorgo Sotoropolis and Julian Kruger
“Cheers to Sarajevo” has just returned from its international premiere in Austria
Daphne Kuhn proudly presents a riveting and new, locally written play on an international theme, which opens at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square on the 20th September. The production has just returned from its international premiere in Austria after great critical acclaim. CHEERS TO SARAJEVO, written by Aimee Goldsmith and Lidija Marelic, is directed by Lidija Marelic (Naledi Nominee for Best Emerging Voice) and designed by Kayli Elit Smith. The production stars five brilliant young actors with already established names in the industry – Duanne Behrens, Aimee Goldsmith, Chris van Rensburg, Yiorgo Sotoropolis and Julian Kruger.
It is December 1991, Post WWII. Yugoslavia is about to erupt in a civil war as different regions fight for their independence. Where religions, cultures and languages once represented the country’s rich diversity it now becomes the catalyst for unimaginable atrocity. Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia Herzegovina is at its epicentre; and Bosnia has since been immortalized as one of the worst cases of ethnic cleansing in the history of Europe. It is here that the play unfolds.
Peter, a young South African photo-journalist finds himself torn away from his team. In order to find his way back to them, he begins his journey, cutting through the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. Upon arrival, Peter captures a photograph of Mirela and Aleksander’s forbidden love affair. Using this photograph as blackmail, he is able to lure Mirela into being his guide to return to his team. Before they have a chance to leave Bosnia, the siege of Sarajevo begins and these characters now find themselves at the centre of the civil war.
As the story develops, friendship, love and loyalty is questioned. The realities of war become raw and any sense of heroism falls away. Serbian nationalism comes up against Bosnian culture and tries to cut through the most basic form of human interaction – love. How does Peter’s loss of innocence, Mirela’s impulsive instinct and Aleksander’s never-ending pride help these three people survive the same war?
“We feel an absolute urgency to tell this story so it is remembered and never forgotten. So much of what happened in Sarajevo was about violence against difference. Without expressing our traumatized past we merely manifest war into our daily mentality. A mentality of destruction perpetuated into our homes as rape, into our friendships as betrayal and ultimately into our society as apathy. This story is about the endurance of the human spirit to overcome insurmountable acts of violence and hate. It brings message of healing, history and love that is relevant not only on our own soil but to the world.” - Aimèe & Lidija
There will be 6 performances per week including two shows on Saturdays at 6pm and 8.30pm. Call the theatre on 011 883-8606 or book online: www.ticketpro.com. Enquire about group discounts and dinner show bookings by arrangement with many of the adjacent upmarket new restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City.
After performances the Cheers to Sarajevo team offer an enlightening panel discussion. Previous audience members who have engaged with this have referred to the panel as a means of debriefing after watching the events of Cheers to Sarajevo unfold.
The panel discussion will commence after the performance (on request). The panel will include, Aimèe Goldsmith, co-writer and lead actress of Cheers to Sarajevo, Lareece Kelly, assistant director and Anne Marie Du Preez Bezdrob, former UN Peace -keeper in Bosnia.
Discussions will centre around the creation of the work as well as the subject at hand, being genocide. The platform will be opened to the audience who will be invited to engage in a dialogue.
Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob is an author, former United Nations political and information officer, award-winning political journalist and radio and television anchor.
During the war in Bosnia she spent two years, from 1993 to 1995, in the capital Sarajevo as a member of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR). Her responsibilities included assistance to victims of ethnic cleansing and negotiating the exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war; and prompted her to write a book about the suffering caused by war and the horror of genocide. When she recognised the crucial relief which art brought to the besieged population of the city she incorporated assistance to local artists within the scope of her responsibilities.
Her published works include the acclaimed political biographies ‘Sarajevo Roses: War Memoir of a Peacekeeper’; ‘Winnie Mandela – A Life’, which is the subject of the film ‘Winnie Mandela’; and The Nelson Mandela Story.
LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS
The theatre is delighted to present and to produce , for the 8th year, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts. Concerts take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day.
Hartham Properties has come on board together with a Supporting Grant from BASA for assisting with marketing.
Ticket Price: R50. The price includes coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng
We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice.
Popular arias and musical theatre favourites by AUKSE TRINKUNAITE accompanied on the piano by EUGENE JOUBERT
PETA ANN H OLDCROFT (cello), IRENE TSONIFF (violin), IVO IVANOV (violin), MALANE HOFMEYR BURGER (flute) & ROSEMARY KANE (harp)
Recital for Flute, Cello and Piano with
ISABEL BRADLEY, PETA ANNE HOLDCROFT and SUSAN VAN DER WAT.
Works to include the Fantasia Concertante by Carl Czerny, a trio by Louise Farrenc and the Fantasie from the ballet, Les Millions d’Arlequin by R. Drigo
In addition to the Theatre on the Square’s 22 NOMINATIONS for NALEDI THEATRE AWARDS for excellence, we won several at last night’s Ceremony including:
Best Actress Award to Fiona Ramsay for two of our productions, DOUBT and MISS DIETRCH REGRETS; Best Supporting Actress to Janna Ramos-Violante for DOUBT; Best Production for Young Audiences for MAKING MANDELA; Best New SA Play for A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE (currently playing); Best Actor Award to Ralph Lawson for A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE and Best Breakthrough Performance Award to Menzi Mkhwane
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The Auto & General Theatre on the Square, BASA AWARD WINNER 2014, has garnered many awards and nominations for theatre excellence. The theatre is a popular and unique venue. In its upmarket Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City premises, it is certainly living up to its fine reputation.
Theatre producer, owner and artistic director, Daphne Kuhn, holds an MA Degree in Drama, and her special skills range from acting to directing, PR to producing.
The varied and acclaimed productions in this 200-seater adds a vibrant dimension to the entertainment industry and to the cultural enrichment of all. Over 1300 productions - including plays, musicals, lunch hour concerts and youth theatre have been presented in the last 20 years, in addition to numerous corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.
Message from Owner/Producer Daphne Kuhn:
"My grateful appreciation to all the theatre patrons for their most wonderful support over the past 20 years. Enjoy another season of great theatre. We look forward to seeing you soon!"
Corporate sponsorship of R8000 per annum in support of the theatre, will be acknowledged by means of an inscription in the theatre foyer and in all theatre programmes.
20 complimentary tickets per month will be made a available to your company. For details and special benefits to staff members and clients, call Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.READ MORE
Tel: 0118838606 or 0825535903 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.
Tuesdays to Fridays, at 8:15pm
Saturdays at 6pm and 8:30pm
Show times may differ slightly - please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606
Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre