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When: Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - Sunday, 04 September 2016
Where: Off campus
The Mannie Manim Theatre/ Market Theatre, Newtown
Start time:20:30

T: 011 717 1376


Cost: R60 online. R65 at the door.

"Thari" focuses on three families, connected and disconnected by a lack of water.Will they break open the dark cloud or will it continue to withhold the answer?

Wits Theatre and Wits School of Arts/Division of Theatre and Performance (TAP) in partnership with the Market Theatre, Newtown present: THARI
Devised by Prince Lamla and the cast; directed by Prince Lamla

"Thari entsho” is a saying for the black nation. Kwamavovo village has been covered with a dark cloud, cursed with a dry landscape and burdened by the killing of a man. Its people are asking, crying and longing for salvation. "Thari" focuses on three families, connected and disconnected by a lack of water. Will they break open the dark cloud or will it continue to withhold the answers they so deeply thirst for?

This is the second production between Wits Theatre and the Market Theatre Foundation which is based on cementing relationships between key institutions of learning and professional theatre environments. Brokered between the Director of Wits Theatre Gita Pather and James Ngcobo, the Artistic Director of The Market Theatre, this strategic partnership has resulted in ongoing collaborations between the students of the Market Theatre Laboratory and the Wits School of Arts.

About the director:
Prince Lamla is an award-winning theatre director, actor trainer, and educator. He was the Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Theatre in 2013 and was named one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in the same year. He teaches in the area of performance and theatre-making, and has previously taught at AFDA Johannesburg where his contribution to actor training focused on ensemble work.

Prince trained at the Market Theatre Laboratory and has attended a course in Sweden at Stadsteater titled, Exploration of Text and Interpretation. Theatre development is a key focus for Lamla indicated by the work he has undertaken for organisations like Grahamstown Foundation Arts Education, Market Theatre's Community Theatre Development program, Gauteng Organisation of Community Theatre, Twist Durban and Rare Arts Productions in conjunction with Bakwena Consortium in North West.

He has directed many plays, most notably, Coal Yard, Woza Albert! and Asinamali. His acclaimed production of Woza Albert! went on to have a six-month season at the Market Theatre followed by touring performances to the Midlands at Michaelhouse, the Swaziland International Festival of the Arts, and a month-long season at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He has also directed a number of student productions at Sibikwa Arts Centre and AFDA Johannesburg, and has worked as a directing assistant in South Africa, Austria and England.


Parking is available Newtown Mall
Season:  Wednesday 31 August – Sunday 04 September 2016

  • 31 August (Opening) @ 20h15
  • 01 September @ 13h15 & 20h15
  • 02 September @ 13h15 (WitsTix) & 20h15
  • 03 September @ 20h15
  • 04 September @ 15h15

Running time: Seventy five minutes no interval.

Tickets are available online at R60, at the door at R65. Students and pensioners pay R45 online and R50 at the door. The Friday performance (2 September) @ 13h15 is a WitsTix performance and will cost R10 online and R 15.00 at the door.


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