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EKHAYA POPPIE (article first published : 2001-10-16)

Direct from a successful tour to Buffalo in New York, USS, Jerry Pooe and his Eager Artists company will present Ekhaya Poppie, a multi-faceted original musical play featuring strong line-up of hot young stage talent!

Presented by the Playhouse Company and scripted and directed by Jerry Pooe, this sensational new musical plays The Playhouse Drama from October 18 to 28.

Jerry Pooe was a consultant during last year's national centenary festivities and the production was prompted by his strong interest in history and specifically the history of the so-called Anglo-Boer War which took place a century ago.

Ekhaya Poppie tells the story of Poppie, a strong young woman asked by her village elders to go and find the young men who have been swallowed up by the big city. She is faced with the harsh reality of city life, and adapts accordingly to her new environment. While she is living in the city, the Anglo Boer War starts. During the fighting between English and Afrikaans, many children and women died in concentration camps and men were killed without mercy. Blacks found themselves forced to choose sides.

Poppie campaigns for Blacks not to be part of the fighting. However, the situation becomes further complicated when she finds love as the war ends. She has to choose between her life in the city and returning home to tell the village that her man is in fact married to another city woman. Can she be loyal to her village and children, or will she succumb to love?

Set a hundred years ago, the story is told through powerful dialogue, narrative, African music and vibrant dance. With music composed or arranged by Brian Thusi, Ekhaya Poppie features a strong young cast of performers headed by Winile Majozi as Poppie.

Tickets R30 (R10 for schools bookings) through Ticketweb on (031) 369-9444 or 086 1400 500 or at @www.ticketweb.co.za




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