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A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE

18th April – 7th May

a play based on the life and work of Alan Paton


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Daphne Kuhn in association The Arts Trust of South Africa,
National Arts Festival and SA State Theatre presents

A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE

A play based on the life and work of Alan Paton
By Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson

20th April – 7th May

starring RALPH LAWSON, CLARE MORTIMER and MENZI MKHWANE
with Set Design by Nadya Cohen Lighting Design by Michael Broderick

The production has been nominated for 8 Naledi Awards including Best New South African Play

A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE is a moving and empathetic personal examination of life as portrayed through Alan Paton's own words, stories, poems, and autobiographies. The play highlights the invaluable contribution made by the author of CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY who was, in the words of Douglas Livingstone, a "lighthouse in the South African twilight” during the dark decades leading up to the country's constitutional democracy. Paton's internationally recognised gifts of lyric verse, evocative prose, and vibrant story telling are combined to create a richly dramatic portrait.

The play focuses on the various watersheds in the author's life – his years as Principal of Diepkloof Reformatory, the “toughest black borstal in the southern hemisphere”, where he introduced daring reforms that brought him into conflict with Dr Verwoerd; his position as President of the Liberal Party that led to harassment and a ten year period during which his passport was taken away by the Apartheid Government; his indomitable belief in and daunting struggle for human rights; and the complexities of his personal relationships.

These weighty topics are explored through Paton's interaction with Anne Hopkins who he employed in 1968 as a secretary shortly after the death of his wife, Dorrie. While trying to come to terms with his loss, the memories of his wife and their love for each other are set in contrast to his difficult days at the reformatory some twenty years earlier where he vividly remembers a curious young man called Sponono. This private story plays out against the tumultuous politics of the day as Paton, one of the country’s cultural and political icons, tries to hold together the Liberal Party and himself.

The play - sometimes satirical, often wryly amusing, redolent with Paton's profound love of nature and the devout Anglicanism that sustained him - reveals a complex man who was haunted by the injustices of South African society and whose entire existence and work was dedicated to equality, alleviation of human suffering, and to what he called "the grand theories of freedom and responsibility".

Bookings are now open for this special new and acclaimed Naledi nominated production. There are special group bookings and school specials – as well as dinner show packages. Call the theatre box office on 011 883-8606 or Strictly Tickets on tel 082 553 5903 or online: www.strictlytickets.co.za

Show Times: Tuesday – Friday @ 20:00 Saturday @ 18:00 and 20:30

COMING SOON

THREE’S A SHOW

10th – 28th May

with ANNABEL LINDER, KEITH SMITH and MICHAEL DE PINNA

Witness these legends of South African theatre in a way you’ve never seen them before.

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31 May - 18 June

Chris Forrest returns in WHO'S YOUR DADDY

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BEAUTIFUL BARBRA

18th – 30th July

a tribute to Barbra Streisand

Come witness a star being born as Cat Simoni shares Barbara Streisands story in song together with Johan Laas.

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HASHTAG MARC LOTTERING

16th August – 10th September

The show features Lottering’s newest material, and has been causing belly-ache at theatres all over the country.

Lottering runs for a very limited season which cannot be extended, and fans are advised to book early.

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ABOUT US


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.

6th May
BELLA VOCE AFRICA
Classical Accapella ensemble with a difference

13th May
BAROQUE TO ROCK
Violin and cello recital with
ELENA ZLATKOVA and CAREL HENN

20th May
JAZZ BY CHANCE
with the Peter Jaspan Jazz group

27th May
MOYA SAXOPHONE QUARTET

 

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!"

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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.

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Tel: 0118838606 or 0825535903 E-Mail: theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

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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.

PERFORMANCES

Weekdays:
Tuesdays to Fridays, at 8:15pm

Weekends:
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

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