Back by overwhelming popular demand after 117 sold-out performances, District Six – Kanala returns in November.
On the 11th of February 1966 District Six was declared a white group area. Over 60,000 people were relocated. A way of life was destroyed. Fifty years have passed and today hardly anything remains of what was once a thriving, densely populated, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community.
The Fugard Theatre, located in District Six, will pay homage to what was once District Six – the place and its people.
The show premiered on 11 February 2016, precisely 50 years after the declaration of 1966.
David Kramer, who together with his partner the late Taliep Petersen created the hugely successful musicals – District Six, Fairyland and Kat and the Kings, celebrates the vibrant musical culture that was to be found in the streets, halls, hotels, clubs and bioscopes of 1960s District Six.
“Kanala will be my way of celebrating the memory of some of the amazing talents from District Six that I met and worked with over the past three decades. People like Taliep Petersen, Salie Daniels, Cyril Valentine, Billy Jaftha, Dougie Schrikker, Al Hendricks, Zayn Adam as well as Richard Rive and Vincent Kolbe. These were all friends who shared their vivid recollections of place and people with me” said Kramer.
Kramer’s cast includes some of Cape Town’s top talents for this emotionally charged musical including Loukmaan Adams (District Six the Musical, Kat and the Kings), Carlo Daniels (Orpheus in Africa, Blood Brothers), Edith Plaatjies (Orpheus in Africa), Sne Dladla (Orpheus in Africa), Natasha Hess (Orpheus in Africa, West Side Story), and Cleo Raatus (What We Wish For).
“I am really thrilled to be directing these dynamic, young performers, most of whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with in previous Fugard Theatre productions of Kat and the Kings, Blood Brothers and Orpheus in Africa. They are all exceptionally versatile and capable of delivering the heartfelt and high energy performances that I have in mind for Kanala.”
The performers will be accompanied by a six piece live band under the guidance of musical director Alistair Izobell.
“Alistair, Donveno and I have had a wonderfully creative relationship for many years now and I can’t wait to get back into the rehearsal room with them. Together with the band we’ll be creating an accompaniment bursting with the rhythms and flavours of the music that was popular at that time.”
The Fugard Theatre, with its entrance being the historic Congregational Church Hall in Caledon Street, is proud to bear the name of South Africa’s greatest playwright who for more than 50 years has written soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the racism, barbarity and inhumanity of apartheid. The Fugard Theatre is also proud to be located in District Six and honours the history and memory of that vibrant community so savagely uprooted during the apartheid era.