Murder on Mondays, a comedy written by Mikhale Singh, directed by Preven Reddy and produced by Saná Siddiqi and Mikhale Singh will run at Seabrooke’s Theatre from the 9th – 18th of July.
Murder on Mondays is a dark comedy focusing on a struggling theatre company and their attempts to put on a production of Macbeth. The story follows eccentric director, Thandeka Dlamini (better known as Cristina Riley to her staff) and her lazy-but-lovable assistant, Sarah Murphy, on their journey to putting one Shakespeare’s greatest works on stage, despite anything and everything going wrong. Aside from their financial woes and various superstitions, they must contend with a cast of comically diverse misfits, rumors of a curse and the vengeful ghost of Macbeth that could be haunting the production… And if it couldn’t get any worse… Someone is slowly killing off the cast, one by one… Is it one of their own? Or is there more to the curse than meets they eye? Join bumbling Inspector Maharaj on his undercover mission to hunt down the Monday Murderer and uncover the truth behind the Curse of Macbeth.
Murder on Mondays was based on the various theatre myths and superstitions that surround Macbeth, and how these supernatural issues would have an effect on a company who already has to deal with various reallife theatre struggles. The play-within-a-play dynamic is also a Shakespearean innovation, and in this way we pay our respects to one of the greatest playwrights who helped define modern theatre and story telling.
The show also explores the darker side of striving for success, as well as takes a very real look at the state of theatre in Durban (and South Africa) by showing the audience just how hard it is to try and succeed, let alone make a living, in the theatre business. The commonplace issues that any theatrical person will tell you about, ranging from budgets, to finding the right actors, are things that the performing arts community will identify with, but are also things that an audience would find funny and relevant to their own careers and work struggles.
Being a comedy of characters, Murder on Mondays is reliant on the strong personalities of its characters, who represent the diversity of our South African culture. The bonds that are formed over the show between the cast is further proof that theatre always has and always will have the power to change people and unite them, regardless of their differences. And by placing these very archetypal, theatrically inclined people in charge of investigating a series of murders, we can enjoy the extremely comical results as well.
Murder on Mondays features an ensemble cast comprising Nqobile Mahlambi and Shannon Newton (Decadence’s Jocasta and Cecilia respectively), Lindo Cele, Jason Pietersen, Mthoko Ntshingila, Bottle of Problem’s Chante Seiler, and introduces Byron McNeil, Amy Wright, Madison Lemos, Shannon Rose, Zoë Walsh and Zanele Sibiya.
The creative team compromises Brett van Dort (Set Designer), Bronwyn Whitehead (Costume Designer), Shannyn Zorab (Choreographer) and Julian Evans (Lighting and Sound Designer).
The show is recommended for high school students on holiday, couples, families looking for a night out and older audiences.
Press Night: 9th July at 19.00
Opening Night: 10th July at 19.00
9th July – 19.00
10th July – 19.00
11th July – 14.00
11th July – 19.00
12th July – 14.00
13th July – 19.00
14th July – 19.00
15th July – 19.00
16th July – 19.00
17th July – 19.00
18th July – 14.00
18th July – 19.00
Venue: Seabrooke’s Theatre, Durban (277 St. Thomas Road, Musgrave – situated within the Durban High School campus)
Tickets: R100. Tickets for the press night are R50. Seating is unreserved.
Where: Tickets are available online and in selected stores from Webtickets.
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