26th October – 19th November
described as one of the most powerful new South African plays since the birth of democracy
Daphne Kuhn by arrangement with the Market Theatre presents
SUDDENLY THE STORM
Directed by BOBBY HEANEY
with RENATE STUURMAN, CHARMAINE WEIR-SMITH and PAUL SLABOLEPSZY
25th October – 19th November
Launched to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, Paul Slabolepszy’s SUDDENLY THE STORM had its World Premiere at the Barney Simon at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre on the 7th June 2016. It has been described as one of the most powerful new South African plays since the birth of democracy. Daphne Kuhn of the Auto & General Theatre on the Square is proud to perpetuate the excellence of this new Market Theatre production in Sandton, heralding a new era for theatre in Gauteng.
At the Far East Rand home of an ageing ex-cop and his much younger wife, a storm approaches. Namhla Gumede, born on the 16th of June 1976 arrives, seeking answers to questions that have remained buried 40 long years. What begins as a smouldering dark comedy turns suddenly into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations of rage and recrimination before the storm finally breaks.
Playwright, Paul Slabolepszy, director Bobby Heaney and the actresses, Charmaine Weir-Smith and Renate Stuurman need no introduction to South African audiences - and for their work at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. Renate Stuurman as Namhla, appeared in Neil LaBute’s SOME GIRLS; Charmaine Weir-Smith as Shanell appeared in productions such as PREGNANT PAUSE, TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE and AN UNROMANTIC COMEDY as well as directing THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE and FREAK COUNTRY by Paul Slabolepszy. Paul’s work at this theatre has been prolific with productions that include LIFE’S A PITCH, PLANET PERTH, WHOLE IN ONE and IT’S JUST NOT CRICKET, to name a few.
There will be 6 performances per week including two shows on Saturdays at 6pm and 8.30pm. Call the theatre on 011 883-8606 or book online: www.ticketpro.co.za
Enquire about group discounts and dinner show bookings by arrangement with many of the adjacent upmarket new restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City.
QUOTES FROM MEDIA
‘This play will blow your mind and keep you transfixed…’ - Diane de Beer – The Star Tonight
‘Explosive, unexpected, satisfying and provocative… this is a play that offers real theatre, but also opens a door – to those who did not live it – to the realities and pain of 1976… Paul Slabolepszy delivers a towering performance… ’ - Jenny de Klerk – Saturday Star
‘Powerful and thought-provoking… this play will stay with you for a very long time… Slabolepszy is sharp, Stuurman deep and mysterious, while Weir-Smith delivers a full person with all her quirks and eccentricities…’ - Paul Boekkooi – Beeld
‘Impeccable, compelling… this production crackles with energy under Bobby Heaney’s guiding hand… the perfect storm…’ - Peter Feldman – SA Jewish Repor
‘Powerful and moving… a work of genius…’ - Redi Tlhabi– Talk Radio 702
‘This is serious drama… soaked through with the damaging legacy of apartheid… the play delivers a twist that both pleases and surprises… Director Bobby Heaney keeps everything fast and tight…’ - Lesley Stones – Daily Maverick
LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS
The theatre is delighted to present and to produce , for the 8th year, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts. Concerts take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day.
Hartham Properties has come on board together with a Supporting Grant from BASA for assisting with marketing.
Ticket Price: R50. The price includes coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng
We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice.
CLASSICS WITH A TWIST
with JACOBUS SWART (piano), special guests MIRO CHAKARYAN (violin) and PETA ANN HOLDCROFT (cello)
works by Mozart, Saint-Saens like you’ve never heard before!
GODFREY JOHNSON in concert - piano duo with NICK McDIARMID
A combo of Brel, Coward and much loved classics.
DUO FOR FLUTE and PIANO with SONJA VAN ZYL and ANTHEA STEYNBERG
Works by Vivaldi, Bach, Mouquet and Monti
In addition to the Theatre on the Square’s 22 NOMINATIONS for NALEDI THEATRE AWARDS for excellence, we won several at last night’s Ceremony including:
Best Actress Award to Fiona Ramsay for two of our productions, DOUBT and MISS DIETRCH REGRETS; Best Supporting Actress to Janna Ramos-Violante for DOUBT; Best Production for Young Audiences for MAKING MANDELA; Best New SA Play for A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE (currently playing); Best Actor Award to Ralph Lawson for A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE and Best Breakthrough Performance Award to Menzi Mkhwane
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The Auto & General Theatre on the Square, BASA AWARD WINNER 2014, has garnered many awards and nominations for theatre excellence. The theatre is a popular and unique venue. In its upmarket Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City premises, it is certainly living up to its fine reputation.
Theatre producer, owner and artistic director, Daphne Kuhn, holds an MA Degree in Drama, and her special skills range from acting to directing, PR to producing.
The varied and acclaimed productions in this 200-seater adds a vibrant dimension to the entertainment industry and to the cultural enrichment of all. Over 1300 productions - including plays, musicals, lunch hour concerts and youth theatre have been presented in the last 20 years, in addition to numerous corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.
Message from Owner/Producer Daphne Kuhn:
"My grateful appreciation to all the theatre patrons for their most wonderful support over the past 20 years. Enjoy another season of great theatre. We look forward to seeing you soon!"
Corporate sponsorship of R8000 per annum in support of the theatre, will be acknowledged by means of an inscription in the theatre foyer and in all theatre programmes.
20 complimentary tickets per month will be made a available to your company. For details and special benefits to staff members and clients, call Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.READ MORE
Tel: 0118838606 or 010 828 1490 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.
Tuesdays to Fridays, at 8:15pm
Saturdays at 6pm and 8:15pm
Saturday Show Times for SUDDENLY THE STORM are 5pm and 8:15pm
Show times may differ slightly - please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606
The ramped backstage entrance opens 15minutes before the show.
Please ensure you are at the theatre 15 minutes before the show.
Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre