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ANTHEM OF LIFE

PART 1

BY: TOLOLWA MOLLEL

An adaptation of Mazisi Kunene's Anthem of the Decades: A Zulu Epic

Presented by:

JUNE 20TH - JULY 6th, 2024

At the Alberta Avenue Community Centre - 9210 118 Ave NW, Edmonton AB

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Join us for Part 1 of the Epic TRILOGY

The Gods create humans, but some insist it was not wise, and that the new creations must be destroyed! Others strive to empower mankind. Cosmic intrigues, battles, quests, trials and triumphs,  among  gods, animals, and other beings follow, as humanity struggles for a belonging on Earth.


This tale came down to South African Poet Laureate Mazizisi Kunene from his Swazi Court Poet Ancestors, which he then shaped into an epic poem, Anthem of the Decades. Tololwa Mollel’s Anthem of Life trilogy brings that epic to the stage, to be performed by a rainbow ensemble in a production by Theatre Prospero. The production interweaves South, East and West African and South Asian music and dance, epic-scale mask and puppetry, and African-style storytelling, to create a confidently inclusive piece of new Canadian Classical Theatre.

Performance Schedule

Thursday, June 20 @ 7:30PM (Preview)

Friday, June 21 @ 7:30PM (Opening Night)

Saturday, June 22 @ 1:00PM

Saturday, June 22 @ 7:30PM

Sunday, June 23 @ 1:00PM (Relaxed Performance) - CANCELLED

Wednesday, June 26 @ 7:30PM (Pay-What-You-Can)

Thursday, June 27 @ 7:30PM

Friday, June 28 @ 7:30PM*

*This performance will be filmed live with audience.

Sunday, June 30 @ 1:00PM (Relaxed Performance)

Tuesday, July 2 @ 7:30PM (Pay-What-You-Can)

Wednesday, July 3 @ 7:30PM - CANCELLED

Thursday, July 4 @ 7:30PM - CANCELLED

Friday, July 5 @ 7:30pm

Saturday, July 6 @ 1:00PM

There are no performances on June 24, 25, & 29 or July 1

CREATIVE TEAM

Playwright.........................................................Tololwa Mollel

Director..............................................................Mark Henderson

Assistant Director.................................................Abigail "Ameley" Quaye

Stage Manager.....................................................Naomi Esau

Apprentice Stage Manager....................................Ryan MacAuley

Set, Lighting, & Projection Designer....................Ami Farrow

Costume, Props, & Mask Designer........................Randall Fraser

Technical Director & Sound Designer...................Kevin Green

Composer............................................................Richard Sseruwagi

Composer............................................................Srijan Chatterjee

Choreographer....................................................Mpoe Mogale

Choreographer....................................................Enakshi Sinha

Dramaturg..........................................................Lebo Disele

Dance Dramaturg...............................................Eric Awuah

isiZulu Language Coach...............................Sokhana Mfenyana

CAST

Brennan Campbell

Patricia Darbasie

Lebo Disele

Andrés Felipe

Beshel Francis

Sokhana Mfenyana

Vwede Oturuhoyi

Enakshi Sinha

Valentine Ukoh

LIVE AFRICAN DRUMMING ENSEMBLE

Eric Awuah

Robert Kpogo

Stennie Noel

Prince Owusu

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