27. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

OPERA singers, aspiring members of the cast for theatre production Madiba, The African Opera, turned up in their numbers to audition for the lead roles at the Pretoria State Theatre over the weekend, kickstarting the musical which gives a glimpse into the life of Nelson Mandela outside the political sphere.

The stage production will feature little-known stories from Madiba’s life, starting from just before he was born, and through his life as a young boy growing up in rural Transkei, into his political life, prison and thereafter.

It is the brainchild of his cousin, theatre artist Unathi Mtirara, who wrote the libretto based on the history garnered from Madiba himself, and from his home.

“There is so much of him out there, yet there are little-known aspects of his background, history and upbringing that influenced the person he became,” said Mtirara, who is from the Tembu royal house in which Mandela was raised.

RTWT

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