More events as part of Powers of Speech – political speech as performance

Thu 15.12.11 19:30 h
Forced Entertainment
Tim Etchells
Performance in English
Sat 17.12.11 19:30 h
Barbara Matijevic / Giuseppe Chico
Performance in English


South African playwright and director Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom whose work has gained him the nickname ›Township Tarantino‹, looks in ›It’s a rhetorical question‹ into his homelands recent past. He describes the fall of the intellectual president Thabo Mbeki, told through the speeches of the inflammatory young politician Daniel “Dada“ Mokone. This fictional character is based on real-life firebrand politician and leader of the ANC Youth Leaugue, Juliusw Malema, whom some have labeled a “reckless populist” and “demagogue”, and is touted by others to be the future President of the country.
Through the channel of Dada’s lively persona, Grootboom enables a young generation of South Africans to comment on their country’s political past.


Per performance
Advance sales: 11 € / red. 6 € (incl. VRR-Ticket)
Box office: 13 € / red. 8 € (incl. VRR-Ticket)

Per evening (2 performances)
Advance sales:  17 € / red. 10 € (incl. VRR-Ticket)
Box office:  19 € / red. 12 € (incl. VRR-Ticket)

Complete series ticket (entrance to all 4 performances)
Advance sales:  26 € / red.19 € (incl. VRR-Ticket, limited ticket availability - Advanced sales only!)


Text and direction:  Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom
Production: Kaaitheater (Brussels), Siemens Stiftung, The Market Theater (Johannesburg)
Co-production: Goethe-Institut South-Africa

The performance at PACT Zollverein is made possible by the support of the Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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