Tuesday, 28 January 2014 13:31

The Coloured Museum at The Market Theatre

Written by Ryan Swano
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The Coloured Museum is said to be a thought-provoking, satirical show that has delighted and discomforted audiences since it was written by George C. Wolfe in America in 1986.
 
February is celebrated annually in America as Black History Month and The Market Theatre in Johannesburg is staging this production in an on-going effort to connect ourselves here in Africa with the Diaspora.  
 
Taking place in a cultural museum, the 11 living 'exhibits' explore African-American identity in an exhibition of stereotypes.
 
Through characters like the pert and ever-smiling Miss Pat, airline hostess for Celebrity Slaveship, and The Man, a successful businessman who only wants to be Black at the weekend, Wolfe confronts history and clichés with gutsy humour. By retiring these 11 stereotypical characters and attitudes to a museum, he makes room for the future; for new stories and ideas.
 
Provocative and seriously funny, The Coloured Museum promises to stir your emotions and leave you in stitches.
 
In this video which doubles as a preview, director Don Warrington takes us behind the scenes and shares some background insights.
 
In October 2011 the show had a successful run at the V&A Museum in London which received excellent reviews from critics and audiences alike.
The South African edition running this February at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg will hopefully add new dimensions to an already succesful interpretation of what it means to be African, no matter where in the world you are.
 
The following Press Release was issued by The Market Theatre and below you can find contact details for bookings.
 
The Coloured Museum... uncompromising wit, fearless humour and high sophistication
Issued by: The Market Theatre
[Johannesburg, 24 January 2014]
The Coloured Museum has electrified, discomforted and delighted audiences of all colours, redefining our ideas of what it means to be black in contemporary America. Its eleven "exhibits" undermine black stereotypes old and new, and return to the facts of what being black means. Mr Wolfe is the kind of satirist who takes no prisoners.
 
We speak about South Africa that is finally part of the world. This play represents the Market Theatre's curiosity about the Diasporas, the history of those who ended up in faraway places and had to evolve to take on board the new soul that they called "home".
 
February is Black History Month in America; this is how we want to salute the lives of those who experienced the slavery years.
 
Actors: 
Aubrey Poo
Altovise Lawrence
Aya Mpama
Bronwyn van Graan
Caroline Borole
Elisha Mudly
Michael Themba
Mona Monyane
Naima Mclean
Rori Motuba
Tshepiso Tshabalala
Ziyanda Yako
 
For direct block and corporate Bookings with a personal touch contact:
 
Neo Letsogo
(011) 832-1641 ext 135
072 365 7473 (Special Ticket Hot-Line)
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