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Dusk a mysterious story of murder and memory hits Market Theatre stages

By CityLife Arts Writer

A new one-act drama by Mark Scheepers will make its debut at the Market Theatre next month.

Duskis a mysterious story of murder and memory, set on a farm in rural Limpopo.

It stars Michelle Douglas and Loyiso MacDonald and is directed by award-winning Palesa Mazamisa.

Douglas will star as Tessa, a former actress who gave up her career to devote her life to her family and their farm. When their eldest son Chris comes home from university, Tessa’s carefully curated life is thrown into chaos and tragedy unfolds.

A year later, in the midst of grief and mental turmoil, Tessa is visited by KG (Loyiso MacDonald). KGgrew up on the farm and was the lover of Chris, and has come to find out what happened on that fateful day. As Tessa grapples with her grasp on reality and descends into paranoia and psychosis, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Dusk tackles issues around mental health, abuse, land and violence and ultimately the power of love and forgiveness.

Mark Scheepers is a writer and actor who has had two scripts produced for television as part of the Ekasi-Our Stories series.

Palesa Mazamisa is an actor, writer and director who won the 2019 Naledi Theatre Awards for Best New South African Script and Best Supporting Actor for her satirical playShoes & Coups.

Michelle Douglasis an actress previously seen in productions including Green Man Flashing, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the UniverseandThe Revlon Girl.

Loyiso MacDonald is an actor best known for his role as Ntando Sibeko in the soap opera Isidingo. He has also appeared in plays including Kiss of the Spider Womanand Othello.

Dusk was made possible by the generous made possible by Eyesizwe Mining Development Trust.

Dusk launches a series of new commissioned works that will be staged during the 2021/2022 season as part of the continuum of the Market Theatre’s commitment to finding new theatre voices and works.

Dusk will run at the Market Theatre from 2 July – 1 August.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION CREATIVE TEAM

Writer                                                                        Mark Scheepers

Director                                                        Palesa Mazamisa  
Lighting Designer                                       Josias Masheane

Props & Set Designer                                Karabo Legoabe – Mtshali

Costume Designer                                     Busisiwe Nkabinde

Stage Manager                                           Zandile Mawane  

Performers

Michelle Douglas as Tessa

Loyiso MacDonald as KG

Age Recommendation                  13

Season:                                             Friday 2 July – Sunday 1 August 2021

Venue:                                               Mannie Manim Theatre

Performance times:                       Tuesday – Saturday @19h00 and Sunday @15h15

Ticket prices:                                   Tuesday – Thursday R90.00 Friday – Saturday R150.00 and Sunday R130.00

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/

083 246 4950.

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