Saturday, October 27, 2007
The Hindu - Saturday, Oct 13, 2007.
Gnatak stages ‘Sizwe Bansi is Dead’
Gnatak was born in 1979 in Bangalore when a group of friends came together to perform. It’s been a long and winding road. Last year, after a gap of almost 10 years, Gnatak took to the stage once again and performed Yazmina Reza’s ‘ Art’ to rave reviews in Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. On October 19, the group is premiering ‘Sizwe Bansi is Dead’ at the Soorya festival in the city.
‘Sizwe Bansi Is Dead’ is a play about the survival of the South African black within the strictures of apartheid. Written by Athol Fugard, South Africa’s leading white playwright, and the play’s original actors, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, who are credited as writing collaborators with Fugard, the play retains an improvisational air. Kani and Ntshona were put into solitary confinement for 15 days when they performed the piece in their own country in 1976, after jointly receiving a Tony Award for their performances on Broadway. Fugard is also known as “the conscience of his country” for his plays, which focus on the victims of apartheid.
The cast includes Prakash Aswani, Michael Joseph, and K.T. Abraham. The play, directed by Prakash Aswani And Michael Joseph, will be staged at 7 p.m. at Co-bank Towers Auditorium.