THE smash hit South African musical Footsteps, which premiered in London, is heading for Port Elizabeth this week along with members of the original cast and its director.
Written, choreographed and directed by Zenzi Mbuli, the production will be staged at the Port Elizabeth Opera House from Thursday to Saturday.
The show is being brought to Port Elizabeth through a joint venture between the national Department of Arts and Culture and the Performing Arts Council of the Free State.
Footsteps is a story about two young people from different villages who are deeply in love, but cannot be together because their parents disapprove of their relationship.
When they part, the girl gives the boy a bangle that was a present from her grandmother as a symbol of her love. The girl disappears and so the boy decides to search for her.
This starts a journey during which he comes across an old wise man, who tells him to go to a place called Marakalas and that he will find the love of his life there.
The story is told through tap dance, music and narration.
Included in the cast is choreographer Derrick Dlamini, who was a member of the troupe which performed in London.
Dlamini also toured the US, Asia, Europe and London’s West End with Mbuli’s Gumboots, which is a story about the gold mines of South Africa.
Original cast member Matshidiso Mokoka, who was inspired at an early age by Mbongeni Ngema’s Township Fever to start dancing, was part of the South African troupe that danced in Jackie Chan’s movie Who am I?
Footsteps has played to standing ovations at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, the Stable Theatre in Durban, and the State Theatre in Pretoria.
Tickets cost R60 and are available through Computicket.
The shows starts at 7.30pm.