Marikana – The Musical Returns at State Theatre


The South African State Theatre presents the explosive return of the multi award winning ‘Marikana’-The Musical from 11 July to 11 August.

On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers at Marikana, Northwest. The fateful event left 34 mineworkers dead. The protesting mineworkers were demanding a wage increase at the Lonmin platinum mine. The event was described the biggest incident of police brutality since the advent of democracy and it revived memories of the brutality suffered under Apartheid security police.

After enchanting audiences and critics alike, this gigantic musical explosive returns to the stage at State Theatre, this time backed by a huge public demand. ‘Marikana’ – The Musical is a new South African musical adapted by acclaimed multi-award winning playwright and theatre director, Aubrey Sekhabi from the book “We Are Going to kill Each Other Today”- The Marikana Story penned by eminent South African writers , Thanduxolo Jika, Felix Dlangamandla, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandwa Saba and Leon Sadiki.

Forty strong award-winning cast led by the formidable Meshack “Mimi” Mavuso, Aubrey Poo, Emma Mmekwa, and Mpho “Mckenzie” Matome unleash a blow by blow account of the events that led to the loss of 44 lives at the hands of the police and the miners. Marikana – The Musical goes back to the villages and townships where they came from and give faces and names to the fallen brothers, sons, fathers and uncles.

The musical director, Aubrey Sekhabi says, ‘Marikana’ has been a humbling experience. “for us, awards, accolades and public demand it has been a real roller-coaster of emotions for me, the creative team and the cast we hope to continue using art to heal, mourn and most importantly to teach tolerance,” said Sekhabi.

“Twenty years into our democracy, can we say that we are a tolerant society if we can lose so many lives at our own hands? The killing did not start on the day of the shooting and after it started it spread like wildfire and Tomorrow morning, the men will sing again. Their spears, pangas, inculas and sticks will clatter menacingly. They will recite battle cries from their homelands, and move about in organized columns, raising clouds of dust. But 34 of them will sing for the very last time,” said Sekhabi.

Sekhabi is proving to be a dominating, influential positive voice in the arts with unprecedented 18 Naledi Awards nominations in one cycle for two new South African works.

‘Marikana’ came tops at the Naledi Theatre Awards 2014 winning the best production of a musical (The South African State Theatre) Best Director (Aubrey Sekhabi), Best Performance in a Musical: Female (Emma Mmekwa), Best Set Design (Wilhelm Disbergen), Best Musical Score (Mckenzie Matone, Zakele Mabena and Aubrey Sekhabi), Best original Choreography (Thabo Rapoo).


DATES: 11 JUNE – 11 AUGUST 2017

VENUE: DRAMA THEATRE @ The State Theatre.

Written & Directed BY: AUBREY SEKHABI

Musical Director: Mckenzie Matone

Choreographer: Thabo Rapoo

Set Designer: Wilhelm Disbergen

FEATURING: Meshack Mavuso, Aubrey Poo, Emma Mmekwa and Mpho ‘Mckenzi’ Matome.


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