Province’s talent showing at the Market Theatre


Itsoseng

A PLAY called Itsoseng which was written by an internationally celebrated and actor and writer from Bokone Bophirima, Omphile Molusi, is currently running at the Market Theatre.

  The production is about a childhood love story and life in a township (Itsoseng) formerly known as “Mooidorpie” because of its beauty during the Bophutatswana days. 

  Molusi’s talent was showcased at the Edinburgh Arts Festival where he received the Scotsman Fringe First Award, an honour which is given to the best plays at the international festival.

  Itsoseng was first published by Junkets Publishers, later by Oxford Publishers and it has been adopted as a formal set work for grade 11 drama students.

  His formal training at the Market Theatre Laboratory led him to become the first winner of the Royal Shakespeare Company Brett Goldin Bursary which enabled him to study theatre in the United Kingdom (UK) where he sharpened his skills in acting, voice and heightened writing.

  The play has toured in the UK, Ireland, America and Zimbabwe and has also played at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

  Molusi is also a winner of the Black Excellence Award in Chicago in the United States.

HE said that what keeps him going is his love to keep people entertained and a passion for storytelling.

  “My family also motivates me to take my work seriously and achieve even greater things as I have a loving wife and a three-year-old daughter. It has not been an easy journey though, people think that when you are from The Market Theatre Laboratory you will instantly make it. You have to keep hustling and make sure that you are always innovative and creative.”

  Molusi has also written a number of published short stories which include Cadre-based on the story of an African People’s Liberation Army (APLA) soldier, For the Right Reasons and Balalatladi.

  He also teaches writing at the Market Theatre Laboratory and is a writer for a popular television soapie on e.tv calledScandal!

  The play is currently showing at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. It started on April 7 and will run until May 7-Newsnote

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