A musical adaptation of the Zakes Mda novel Heart of Redness is on stage at the Fugard Theatre from the 19th to the 22nd of August 2015. This was made possible with the funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
Directed by Mark Fleishman, the play has elements of opera, choral and traditional music styles that present a unique yet highly entertaining piece. This is a 15-member cast that comprises of Magnet Theatre, UCT Drama School graduates and some of the Cape Town Opera’s youngest members.
Heart of Redness tells a story of South African village life against the backdrop of a notorious episode from the country's past.
CapeTalk/ Africa Melane spoke to Neo Muyanga, musician and composer about the process of converting a novel into a contemporary opera:
Muyanga says he was approached by Mark Fleishman to work on this production. He says at first he didn’t see how he’ll go about it because of the complexity of the book but it all worked out at the end.
The Fugard Theatre
Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, Friday 21, Saturday 22 August @ 19:30
Tickets: R100, R150, R190
Book at Computicket
Listen to the full conversation on the Redi Tlhabi Show with Africa Melane standing in: