Freedom: The Return, Baba

With eight Naledi Awards nominations and newly cast leads, the story around revolutionaries known as fallists marks a triumphant return to the South African State Theatre- showing from 30 April to 2 June 2019.

Freedom the Musical made its world premiere last year and was hailed by audiences as an accurate depiction of what occurred during the Fees Must Fall campaigns in the years 2015 and 2016. Many fallists retold their emotional account every time they attended the show. This year the musical makes a return with eight Naledi nominations for awards including Best Musical Production, New Script, Original Score, Choreography (Mduduzi Nhlapo) and Set Design (Wilhelm Disbergen).

Former lead actress Simphiwe Ndlovu (as Phindile) will compete in the Best Female Musical lead category. The 2019 Naledi Awards will be held at the Joburg Theatre on 20 May 2019.

‘Freedom’ is written and directed by multi-award-winning playwright and Director and South African State Theatre’s Artistic Director, Aubrey Sekhabi, who is also nominated for a Best Director Naledi Award. The musical features Hip Hop star Siphelele ‘Pdot’ O’ Mnyandu, Kabelo “Bonafide Billi” Togoe (nominated for Best Musical Director), the experienced baritone Otto Maidi, and 2017 Idols top ten finalist Thokozile Ndimande to name just a few. New leads will be announced before the production opens.

In the musical Freedom, a strong cast of 47 members and a thirteen-piece band tells the story of Phindile, a Tshwane University of Technology student and leader of the Fees Must Fall movement. Her life takes a sharp turn after student protests at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. What then started as a students’ plea for free education, gets distorted by xenophobic attacks and various crimes committed by rotten elements claiming to be part of the movement. But Phindile stops at nothing to fight for the freedom of students and her own.

The story also examines the rife crime and violence in our modern-day society. Be it rape, women abuse, racism, xenophobia, corruption, or police brutality. The production explores through testimonies the high cost of freedom for our people. It delves into stories of young women like Frances Rasuge, Reeva Steenkamp and Karabo Mokoena, who suffered abuse and perished in the hands of their boyfriends and men in our society.

Tickets for Freedom are priced from R100-R300, available at Webtickets. The show has a 13 years age restriction. For schools and group bookings, patrons can contact the theatre’s sales office on 012 392 4000 or visit the website, State Theatre.

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