Heritage festival looks at underbelly of today’s society

Pictured are the Secret Ballot cast, from left, Tsietsi Morobi, Lereko Mfono, Michael Mazibuko, Tony Miyambo and Zabalaza Mchunu.

Artscape Theatre is set to present the double bill of Secret Ballot and Poet.O.Type from today Thursday September 8 until Wednesday September 14.

Directed J Bobs Tshabalala, the productions form part of this year’s Heritage Festival, which is aimed at awarding a space to performances which are considerate and sensitive to the diverse nature of South Africa’s society.

“Heritage month is the time of remembering our fragmented memory and a time for a national introspection,” said Mandla Mbothwe, creative manager for Artscape Theatre.

“This conscious inclusive approach in our creative programme is our attempt as an institution to ‘Excavate – Restore – Celebrate’ as this year’s festival theme suggests and it is time for sharing our experiences, our spirits and a time of resuscitating our purpose as Africans,”he said.

Secret Ballot is set after the 2014 elections and follows the exploits of five members of “The Brotherhood”. It is at the rallies after the elections that we meet the main characters in this exploration of political influence.

Poet.O.Type probes the landscape which exists in the underbelly of South Africa’s art-house circles. Observed is the relationship between two poets, “The Guru” and “The Grasshopper”. The Guru is the founder, owner and head chef of a modest catering company. He has only one employee, the Grasshopper. The business is on the verge of going under, however, the Guru refuses to take on new contracts unless they fall in line with his socio-political stance, and his passion for fine cuisine.

Tickets range from R50 to R80. Book at Computicket or call Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.