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GONE NATIVE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF REGINA BROOKS

  1. Date: 7 August 04:00 PM — 20 August 2017 04:00 PM
Gone Native, the life and times of Regina Brooks, primers at Soweto Theatre, on the 8th of August and runs until the 20th of August. This proudly South African stage play is directed by multi-award winner Mahola Ndebele and Jazz Great Dr Hugh Masekela as the music Director, starring a phenomenally talented South African cast. tickets from only R120 to book yours call 086 167 0670, or visit www.sowetotheatre.com.

GONE NATIVE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF REGINA BROOKS
SOWETO THEATRE PRESENTS
REGINA BROOKS – THE REBEL, LOVER AND EPITOME OF STRENGTH

Soweto Theatre proudly presents a brand new musical,
GONE NATIVE – The Life and Times of Regina Brooks.
One of the most controversial figures of South African history is a woman who defied apartheid government laws and what was deemed a norm, Regina Brooks. A white woman who had several relationships with black men at a time where interracial relationships were deemed immoral. Like many preposterous laws of the apartheid regime, working against humanity, Regina was the the embodiment of both bravery and rebellion.

In 1955 she wanted to be re-classified as coloured so she could continue living with black people and keep her child Thandi, whom she had with one of the few black men in her life. While living with Sergeant Richard Khumalo, she got arrested and that is what sparked the appeal for reclassification.

Caught up in a grey area, rejected by both black and white people at a time when racial segregation was at its most jingoistic.

During the Soweto Uprisings of 1976, Regina moved to Eldorado Park, a then mostly coloured area. She recalls the area to have been as discriminatory of black people as the white areas she came from, especially because she housed and hid black students during those times.

Always lingering with no sense of belonging, even though all her life she always felt she was home with black people. Black people could not accept a white woman when they were oppressed by white people. White people also found it easy to reject her as she then betrayed their ideals.

A story of love, bravery and courage, Regina defied what was normal and chased her hearts’ desires. She found love and lost it, had beautiful children, lived happily and tasted melancholy all at once. A story not so unique to South Africa, Regina escaped an abusive relationship and became a loving, devoted mother to her children.

Soweto Theatre is proud to present this riveting tale of a living love-activist from August 8th to August 20th 2017.

Playing Regina Brooks is the talented Marietjie Bothma whose life is not so different from that of the protagonist.

With only Grade 7 education to her name, Marietjie Bothma went from being homeless to ­being the speaker during President Jacob Zuma’s inauguration celebrations. However, it was her appearance on an pie advert speaking fluent Zulu that got tongues wagging. This multilingual woman, whose mother tongue is Afrikaans, can now speak 13 languages including several South African languages and German. She switches between Zulu, Xhosa and Sesotho with ease.

“She was the perfect Regina,” says Makhaola Ndebele, writer and director of the musical. “It was important for the female lead to be fully bilingual, and to be able to sing in Zulu.”

Musical direction will be by jazz legend and celebrated SA icon Dr Hugh Masekela.

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