An adaptation of a timeless Greek tragedy will premiere at the Baxter’s Flipside Theatre on 3 February. The production is a re-imagination of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus, dotted with underlying references to and reflections on the current state of the nation.
Directed by the writer, director and academic Mark Leishman, “Oedipus at Colonus #aftersophocles” is the first in an exciting season of tragic reimaginings.
Presented by The Baxter in collaboration with Magnet Theatre, it forms part of the Reimagining Tragedy in Africa and the Global South research project (ReTAGS).
Written by Qondiswa James, the production is an adaptation of Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles, a play centred on the end of the life of Oedipus and the final segments of the prophecy of Apollo.
It focuses on the challenging relics of a tragic past, the decay that persists long after the cause has passed, and the effects this has on the land, the people and their patrimony.
- With a stellar cast that includes Andrew Buckland, Faniswa Yisa, and Jennie Reznek, along with a chorus of interns from Magnet Theatre, this promises to be a daring and avant-garde reworking of the classic Greek tragedy.
- The project has been funded by the Andrew W. Melon Foundation at the Centre for Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town.
- Director: Mark Fleishman
- Written by: Qondiswa James
- Designer: Craig Leo
- Musical Direction: Neo Muyanga
- Choreography: Ina Wichterich
- Date: 3 to 18 February at 7.30pm | Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
- Location: Baxter Theatre Flipside | Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town
- Book: Webtickets
- Contact: 021 685 7880
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