College’s production of Sophiatown

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - May 24 @ 7:00 pm
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The cast of Sophiatown have been hard at work in rehearsals and workshops since February.  The production includes learners from Alexandra High, Carter High, Chistlehurst Academy, Epworth High, Girls’ High, Grace College, Russell High and Voortrekker High.   This collaboration has allowed College to afford learners from a diversity of schools to be involved in live theatre after almost 30 months.

Sophiatown was referred to as ‘The Chicago of South Africa’ and was known not only for its musicians, artists, writers, gangsters, fahfee runners, shebeen queens and overcrowding, but also for its relentless energy and optimism.

The hub of South Africa’s cultural vibrancy and multi-culturalism, Sophiatown, was home to cinemas, the American culture, jazz, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Don Mattera, and George Mbalweni aka Kort Boy.   It was the place where artists, musicians and writers flourished against all odds.

It is against this backdrop that the Maritzburg College Dramatic Arts Department in association with Dalro is privileged to present the acclaimed play, SOPHIATOWN, by Junction Avenue Theatre Company as a major school production for 2022. Bookings open at the start of Term 2.  Details are as follows:




Dates:  19 -24 May 2022
Time: 19h00
Venue:  Olivier Cultural Centre
Tickets:  R60

School block bookings:
1 – 10 Learners – R60 per ticket and a complimentary ticket for the accompanying teacher.
11 learners and more – R50 per ticket and two complimentary tickets for the accompanying teachers.


May 19 @ 7:00 pm
May 24 @ 7:00 pm
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Olivier Cultural Centre
51 College Road
Pietermaritzburg, 3201, KwaZulu-Natal 3245 South Africa
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067 3860 806