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Sibusiso's talent soars

By Patience Bambalele | Apr 06, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

SOUTH Africa's most talented dancer and actor, Sibusiso Radebe, is going places.

SOUTH Africa's most talented dancer and actor, Sibusiso Radebe, is going places.

Radebe, who has appeared in pantomimes, acted on television and the stage, has landed a role in The Boys in the Photograph.

The show was created to celebrate the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

The Boys in the Photograph opens at the Johannesburg Theatre, Braamfontein, on May 18 and runs until July 11.

Radebe shot to fame in the soapie Backstage and has since carved out a name for himself as an indispensable stage talent.

Over the past few years, this dance dynamo has appeared in musicals such as Chicago, We Will Rock You, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hairspray.

Joburg executive mayor Amos Masondo says: "As city we had to answer the question as to how to use the pressure that comes with hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup to accelerate our development goal. The Boys in the Photograph offers an opportunity to grow the arts and to make this World Cup a truly African World Cup to benefit our local artists."

The show has a budget of about R10,6million and will boast high quality performances, stage lighting, costumes and cast.

Multi-award winning director Janice Honeyman leads the creative team, with internationally acclaimed Johan Engels designing the stage sets.

The cast will be accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra directed by Clinton Zerf.

The idea of the show was born in 2005 when Joburg Theatre chief executive Bernard Jay and Roddy Quin travelled to Budapest to see the musical The Beautiful Game.

They met with the writers of the show, the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber and comic genius Ben Elton.

They immediately recognised the synergies between the show's themes, which tells the story of ordinary people in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s, and early 1990s South Africa during the post-apartheid era.

More than 9000 tickets have already been sold.


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