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ALLIANCE FRANCAISE WORKSHOP (article first published : 2008-07-2)

On July 12, The Alliance Française will host a series of workshops prior to a performance that same evening of A Molière in Soweto presented by Mama Africa Theatre Company. The play is directed by Eric de Sarria and Neusa Thomasi from France.

A group of young people prepare to stage The Forced Marriage, a play by 17th century French author Molière. But as the show opens, a member of the cast is grounded by her parents. And so begins a play within the play. Using people, puppets and a lot of humour, the piece gets to grips with some series stuff about tradition and modernity.

Part I takes place from 14h30 to 17h30 and includes three workshops.

Workshop 1 offers an introduction to the show, the theme of forced marriage, and how to deal with it (introduction to the theatre of the oppressed); demonstration, and practice exercise (for people of at least 13 years).

This will be followed by Workshop 2: an introduction to dance “Gumboots” (all audience); learning a little bit of choreography.

Workshop 3 offers an introduction to the art of manipulating puppets and/or objects; demonstration, practice, exercises and manipulation.

Admission is free for the workshops and the performance but booking is essential. Contact the Alliance Française at 22 Sutton Crescent (corner Windermere road) on 031 312 9582 or email: durban@alliance.org.za




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