Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project)

Created by Daryl Cloran, Mbulelo Grootboom, Deborah Hay, David Jansen, Holly Lewis, Michelle Monteith & Andile Nebulane
November 09, 2017 - November 26, 2017
Preview - November 08, 2017
A story about the rhythms that connect us across time and continents

In South Africa, “ubuntu” refers to the spirit of community and the belief that humanity is tied together. In this collective creation, a young Canadian woman begins to unravel the legacy of her mother, when she meets a young South African man searching for his father. Drawn together by chance and circumstance, they relentlessly pursue the truth, only to realize it will turn their lives upside down. Through spirited storytelling, music and dance, this international collaboration of Canadian and South African artists traces the ties that bind us all.

A co-production with Citadel Theatre

Running time: 95 minutes
There is NO intermission during this show.

“The brilliant physicality, the imaginative scene transformations, and the sterling performances by the three Canadian and two South African actors make Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project) a poignant and exhilarating theatrical experience, both at the same time. - The New Classical FM, Toronto

 


Bob says: “This is a truly exciting project that has been produced all over the country. It’s a succinct illustration that, despite seemingly huge differences, the connection between us – no matter where we are – is incredibly strong, regardless of different belief systems or the crossing lines of family dynamics. And it’s so imaginatively staged, it’s not just a great story, it’s also a theatrical event.”

  • VIDEO-Scene Excerpt

    Philani meets Sarah for the first time in the University library - a scene that shows the movement that imbues UBUNTU with its special spirit.
  • VIDEO - Daryl Cloran (Citadel Theatre) on diversity in theatre & how UBUNTU was created.

    "Theatre is the thing that gives us the opportunity to come together, because inherently we, as human beings, have the need to come together to share stories, to share space, to share emotional connection. And theatre gives us the opportunity to experience 'ubuntu'."
  • Xhosa Translations [PDF] - 466KB

    So you've seen the play and you're curious to know if you understood what was happening in the scenes spoken in the Xhosa language. Check out some of the translations here. But do yourself a favour -- don't read it until after you've seen the play, or you'll miss having the full experience!

Mbulelo Grootboom............................... Philani/The Sangoma

David Jansen................................................... Michael/The Caretaker

Erin McGrath................................................. Libby

Andile Nebulane.......................................... Jabba

Tracey Power................................................ Sarah

 

Director................................................................... Daryl Cloran

Set Designer......................................................... Lorenzo Savoini

Lighting Designer................................................ Gerald King

Sound Designer................................................... Christian Barry

Costume Designer.............................................. Gillian Gallow

Fight Director........................................................ Patrick Howarth

Assistant Director............................................... Michael Bradley

Stage Manager.................................................... Skylar Nakazawa


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