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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (article first published : 2008-06-7)

A red-letter event for theatre-goers in KwaZulu-Natal takes place with The Playhouse Company presenting the internationally-acclaimed stage play, Nothing but the Truth, in the Playhouse Drama.

Written by and starring John Kani, a legendary presence in South African theatre circles for the past 30 years, the production is directed by Janice Honeyman and features the high-powered talent of two of South Africa’s leading actresses: popular television star Motshabi Tyelele, and admired KZN-born Welile Tembe.

“A deeply felt portrait that delicately weaves the extraordinary and the ordinary in its characters' lives” (New York Times), Nothing But The Truth is a gripping investigation into the complex dynamic between those Black people who remained in South Africa and risked their lives to lead the struggle against apartheid, and those who returned victoriously after living in exile.

In New Brighton, South Africa, 63-year-old librarian Sipho Makhaya prepares for the return of the body of his brother Themba, recently deceased while in exile in London after gaining a reputation as a hero of the anti-apartheid movement.

As the story progresses, the interaction between Sipho, his daughter Thando, and his London-based niece, Mandisa, leads to the uncovering of conflicting expectations as well as new-found perspectives, as each character forges a sense of reconciliation between the past and present.

The script combines powerfully dramatic writing with moments of humour and profound insight, affording audiences a theatre experience that stays in the memory long after the curtain comes down on each performance. The play proved the hit of the National Arts Festival when it played in Grahamstown, and has since garnered wide critical acclaim nationally and internationally.

Nothing but the Truth runs in the Playhouse Drama from June 17 to 29 with low-price preview performances on June 17 and 18. These previews are available at discounted rates to enable organisations and corporate institutions to purchase these performances in total, or as block bookings, to resell them as fund-raisers for charities of their choice, or for inclusion in their own corporate entertainment programmes. To buy one of these special previews, call Mala Govender on 031-369 9456, or email marketing@playhousecompany.com

Public booking for Nothing but the Truth is now open at Computicket on 0839158000. Booking can also be done during office hours through The Playhouse Box Office, on 031 369 9540 or 031 369 9596.




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