11 May - 2 Jun '12
Isango Ensemble, Hackney Empire

Isango Ensemble The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Male Ensemble in Red
Isango Ensemble The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Male Ensemble in Red

The multi award winning Cape Town company returns to London for a four week season at Hackney Empire.

Isango’s Aesop’s Fables is a vibrant and powerful musical by Mandisi Dyantyis and Pauline Malefane with a script by Peter Terson. Although Aesop is portrayed as a Greek the production is set within the recent history of South Africa. Aesop was historically a slave and in Peter Terson’s script he ‘learns that liberty comes with responsibility’ as he journeys to Mount Olympus meeting his animal characters on the way. Hackney Empire and Eric Abraham present The Isango Ensemble production of Aesop’s Fables adapted and directed by Mark Dornford-May with music by Pauline Malefane and Mandisi Dyantyis, with choreography by Lungelo Ngamlana.

The Isango Ensemble’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists musical adaptation by Stephen Lowe of Robert Tressell’s seminal work opened The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town in 2010. It was the Company in Residence for the first year. The book is one of the most influential twentieth century socialist novels. Robert Tressell spent much of his early life in Cape Town and the novel bears hidden traces of his life in the then Cape colony. Isango’s version moves the action to an apartheid era 1950s Cape Town with popular and Struggle songs from that time. Hackney Empire and Eric Abraham present The Isango Ensemble production of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists directed by Mark Dornford-May with music by Pauline Malefane and Mandisi Dyantyis.

Isango's version of La Bohème will transfer the story from the garrets of Paris to the townships of South Africa. The music will be played on Marimbas and Steel Pans in a style similar to the company's Olivier Award-winning The Magic Flute which was seen at the Young Vic in 2007 and the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2008.




Info: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ | www.hackneyempire.co.uk



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