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A man known as Sizwe leaves his home, wife and kids in King Williams Town to seek employment and better prospects in Port Elizabeth. He is refused an official permit that would allow him to work, and was told to leave town within three days. Coming back with his friend Buntu from a local Shebeen one day, they stumble across a dead man with a valid pass. To survive in this town Sizwe must assume the dead man’s identity. This is not an easy decision for Sizwe, for he has to write to his wife and explain his sudden change of name and identity. As a matrix for the interpretation of human resistance in situations of oppression, Sizwe Bansi is Dead resonates with the issues of social disparity and prejudice in many societies. This contemporary version of Fugard’s play by Camino De orula centralizes the struggles of an average person in modern day Ireland, most especially the homeless; the underprivileged, and the disadvantaged. These people if given the opportunity to speak have a story to tell; some of which might not be different from the ones in Sizwe Bansi is Dead. Exploring the concept of “Total Theatre”, this production will be innovative in the use of songs coupled with an eclectic use of gestures, mime, dance, music, symbolism and stage imagery.
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February 10 2020, at 05:04pm
Project Arts Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Marketing, Communications & Engagement team. We are delighted to welcome Veronica Dyas (Access & Engagement Officer), Sorcha FitzGerald (Marketing & Communications Officer) and Astrid Newman (Marketing & Communications Officer) to the Project family. The team will work to further develop audiences and grow opportunities for engagement across our busy performance and visual arts programmes. Welcome to the big blue building! Veronica Dyas joins the team in the brand new position of part-time Access & Engagement Officer. Veronica is an artist working through theatre, new text & installation. Facilitation, Action & LOVE…Read More
February 03 2020, at 05:51pm
This month critically acclaimed choreographer Philip Connaughton brings his beautiful, sparkling, laugh-out-loud meditation on the fear of forgetting and of being forgotten to Cork and Dublin venues. Mamafesta Memorialising, which enjoyed its successful international premiere in France last year, is woven from inspirations including musical theatre, Bruce Forsythe’s Generation Game and most importantly, Philip’s mum Madeleine, who has senile dementia. Philip made his last piece, Assisted Solo, about her. But it wasn’t enough. He still has more to do and more to say. He’s worried that what’s happening to her will happen to him. His latest testimony to an ever-evolving,…Read More