Originally presented by KB Theatre Productions and Here Manje , directed by multiple awardwinning Tara Notcutt, UNDERMINED features Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi (Orpheus; A Man and A Dog; Mama Tembu’s Wedding, My Low-Fat Almost Italian Wedding), Luke Brown (Below My Feet, MEMORY, The Incredible Journey, HOME) and Stefan Erasmus (Lie, Ashes, Get Kraken, The Incredible Journey).
After its successful premiere at the Kalk Bay Theatre in April 2014, UNDERMINED has played to great acclaim including the recognition of a Standard Bank Ovation Award and an international theatre nomination at Fringe World 2015 in Perth, Australia .
Mashing up comic book and African storytelling, UNDERMINED tells the true tale of Madlebe, an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift, who came from Mozambique to find a job and take a better life home to his father and wife to be. However his unique talent of a finely tuned sense of hearing leads to some interesting developments along the way. Told against the backdrop of urban Jozi and the deep of the mines, it is a story of hope, perseverance, and an unexpected hero.
Written by Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and Luke Brown, and adapted by Tara Notcutt in collaboration with Stefan Erasmus, Luke Brown, and Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi. .
Music by Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.
Choreography by Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, with additional choreography by Cleo Notcutt.
Original Stage Management: Georgia Lahusen.
Resident photographer and cinematographer: Dex Goodman.
Publicist 2014: Christine Skinner/2015: Buzz Publicity.
The West Australian
“a welcome bout of old-fashioned storytelling… There is a slightly overblown comic book sense to the story which gives it a delicious sense of fun”
Theresa Smith, Cape Argus
“The appeal of the production lies in the seamless marriage of song, dance and humour…. The synergy among the cast is electric…a fun, fast-paced and entertaining show…. ideal entertainment for the whole family…”
Tracey Saunders, Cape Times
“an energetic and entertaining production that just goes to show how a little creativity can go a long way.”
Eugene Yiga, Bizcommunity.com
“ fun, spirited, beguiling, clever, and contains just enough of a solid undercurrent of emotion and social relevance to tether the story and make it more than just middle class fodder ... you’d be hard pressed to find a more perfect evening out”
Peter Tromp, The Next 48 Hours
“current theatre at its most exciting”
Steyn du Toit, Sunday Independent
“the energy of the piece and the inventiveness of the production is quite overwhelming.”
“Rethink your evening plans. There’s a show that deserves your attention... takes physical theatre to new heights of creativity…spellbinding.”
Marilu Snyders, Whats On In Cape Town
“ a delightful evening’s entertainment...”
Clifford Graham, Monday Missile
“Undermined is a joyous, energetic, funny and hugely enjoyable night's entertainment ”
Michelle Saffer False Bay Echo
“It’s a story replete with themes we like to see in the New South Africa and could have so easily become a mawkish and preachy tale but instead the story has been transmuted seamlessly with humour and originality…...part of the joy of watching Undermined is the way the images pop up and magically form before your eyes…. Each scene is a surprise and a delight. Notcutt has devised every scene and image with precision and the actors’ timing is impeccable as they morph from character to character. It’s very funny – laugh-out loud funny – yet at the same time a deeply
reflective piece which gives you insight into the life of a miner and what goes on underground….”
Robyn Cohen - Weekend Argus
"Tara Notcutt’s three-man cast
delivers a brilliant, visceral
perspective on the dramatic gulf
between mine owners and the
gruelling reality their employees
face. Interspersed with comedy,
Undermined succeeds in providing
an account of a major social issue,
through the innovative use of vocal
devices, lighting and movement. It’s
highly recommended. "
YD- Nationa Arts Festival CUE