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Accolades for Wits Theatre Production

- By Wits University

A Wits Theatre production, The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri, won accolades at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The production was the first commissioned play of So Solo 2014, which is a new creative property of Wits Theatre featuring Witsies Tony Miyambo and Gerard Bester who is also the director for the production. 

This is the first time ever that a production from Wits Theatre has been invited onto the main stage of the National Arts Festival.

Cenotaph of Dan wa Moriri was outstandingly well received with many accolades and great reviews. Major international producers were glowing in their reception of this deeply moving piece of theatre” says Gitanjali Pather,  Wits Theatre Director,  who watched the production in Grahamstown.

“It has been invited to Amsterdam, Edinburgh and London,” adds Pather. 

Praising the production, Nigel Vermaas, Cue Online’s contributing editor, says Miyambo’s sensitively written and performed autobiographical solo theatre piece was his personal favourite.

The Cenotaph of Dan wa Moriri, created by Miyambo and his director Gerard Bester, and written by William Harding is a deceptively simple staging involving building blocks, a square table as mini-stage, and unobtrusive lighting. Miyambo told his story with charm, humour, and pain,” Vermaas.

Five of the productions featured in the Wits 969 Festival line up received awards at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown including Noord! Smaarties; Father, Father, Father! ; We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants, 7 Deadly New Stories and  Kafka’s Ape.

The twelfth instalment of the much anticipated 969 Festival runs from 15-26 July 2015, and promises an exciting, eclectic and moving line-up.

From women in India to the complex relationship between Kafka and his father to the life of a Holocaust orphan and a funeral in Soweto - this year’s festival pushes the boundaries across continents with its diverse range of topics, from the macabre to the hilarious.

For the full Wits 969 Festival programme

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