The University of Pretoria’s Drama Department is proud to present “ Dammed UP”, a production conceived and directed by Zwelakhe Mtsaka, with the creative and conceptual contributions from the cast.
Renowned actor, playwright and director Zwelakhe Mtsaka says that this particular production was inspired by his occasional jog trots around the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg. He found that fellow joggers were very friendly and humane, this got him wondering as to whether fellow South Africans went to the Dam to get some fresh air, escaping from the plenty which is choking their houses, or whatever the stimulus and excitement that drives their actions. Or could this be a symbolic action to recover those primal human instincts which are possibly dammedup in the lake?
Set on the occasion of the Soccer World Cup the production features a sub-theme of body fitness whereby a group of youths exercise rigorously in order to sweat out their excess weight making themselves eligible to join the growing army of volunteers required for the occasion. But then their noble intentions notwithstanding, they are opposed by a small religious sect which wants to use the Park for their own exclusive work. This kind of attitude is representative of what goes on in the bigger world out there where certain individuals feel preordained to occupy public positions, but even more dangerously they are convinced that they are entitled to a lion’s share in the resources of this country.
The director’s career spans over a period of four decades having performed in productions such as Oedipus Rex and Sacrifice of Kreli written by Fatima Dike. Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4A “not to be missed” production that promises to be intriguing, entertaining and informative as it grapples with relevant issues in relation to a relatively new socio-political environment our society finds itself in.
Date: 20th – 24th April 2010
Times : 19:00 except Friday the 23rd. Two shows at 3pm and 8pm.
Venue: UP Arts Masker Theatre
Fee: R 35 Adults
R 30 Students
R 25 Block booking of 20 people