The Fire returns
Following the success of her Wrestling With Dawn production, in late 2015, and 2016’s sold-out masterpiece, Around The Fire, the much-applauded producer, playwright, performer and UCT Masters graduate, Siphokazi Jonas, is rekindling Around The Fire.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Jonas has unpacked, rebuilt and infused the original 90-minute stage production for its Artscape, Arena reveal from 7 to 11 August 2018.
With the world having been tossed and turned in all directions, both socially and politically, so many of the original production’s themes have evolved to acknowledge the like of the #metoo movement and other global social media realities touching almost everyone’s lives today.
Staying true to the original South African script, the entirely accessible and adapted narrative unfolds within a unique fusion of theatre, poetry and live music.
Four women, all from very different backgrounds, Mbali, Faiza, Amber and Angel, find themselves sharing a makeshift fire on a rainy Cape Town evening. Brought together by unexpected circumstances, the four form a bond as fierce and fleeting as the fire. Mbali, the homeless guardian of the fire, and Eastern Cape ‘refugee’, liberates the stories that brought them together in an effort to understand her newfound place in a city that renders her invisible. Jonas weaves all four characters together through dialogue and poetry with a live band playing an integral ‘fifth character’ in innovative modes of storytelling.
“Around The Fire was always intended as a catalyst to start a conversation,” Jonas points out. “Our 2016 performance did that very successfully, so capitalising and weaving audience feedback and reactions in, as well as our current and future reality, is what audiences new and returning will experience. Breaking down barriers, of all kinds, Around The Fire is very much a part of helping fuel that movement through the arts.”
With so few spaces where we can allow ourselves to be vulnerable, yet safe, Around The Fire is exactly that. With guards down and within a safe communal space, audiences will share a unique experience filled with music performed entirely on indigenous instruments too. “A localised sound performed authentically adds to a more holistic experience,” Jonas adds. “If audiences leave the auditorium with mixed emotions and a will to take the journey of healing we can all benefit from, then Around The Fire will have done its job in spreading the warmth the fire ignited.”
Around The Fire’s weeklong run forms part of the Women’s Month festivities happening across The Mother City.
There are also two school performances scheduled for 8 and 10 August at 11am.
Tickets are available at Computicket.
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