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Posted on: Monday, 31 May 2010

Boys in the Photograph musical at the Joburg theatre.

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A different take on soccer as South Africa and the World gear up for the 2010 World Cup on 11 June, Boys in the Photograph began it’s month long run this week at the Joburg Theatre. This is a musical by the great Andrew Lloyd Webber and leading writer and comedian Ben Elton.

Boys in the Photograph was originally staged in 2000/1, but was originally titled The Beautiful Game. The story is set in Belfast, Ireland amid religious conflict between Protestants and Catholics, the characters are made up of a young  soccer team. The story unfolds as these young men move through their lives, some of the characters stumble and fall at the challenges life presents them, while others rise to the occasion.

Boys in the Photograph

These youngsters try their hardest to live normal lives in a city that is steeped in violence, hatred and conflict and many South African’s can easily relate to these circumstances when they think back only a few years ago to Apartheid South Africa. As Elton says “The post-apartheid struggle to achieve a rainbow nation and the dreams of young people are clearly reflected in the North Irish story.”

This is a tale of love, loss and tragedy, with some haunting and powerful ballards, war cries, hymns and anthems. This 45 member cast is all South African and bring with them talent, passion and outstanding performances.

Lead roles John Kelly and Mary Maquire are performed by David Chevers (Chess) and Carly Graeme (Grease). Sibu Radebe (Beauty and the Beast) plays Daniel Gillen, Gemma Donnelly (My Fair Lady) plays Christine Warner, Adam Du Plessis (Phantom of the Opera) tackles the role of Thomas Mallow, Tammi Meyer (Chess) is Bernadette and Gareth Worth (Grease) plays Gregory O’Shauganessy. The rest of the cast is made up of equally talented and exciting members. Also in the cast are eight child performers.

The show is directed by the very talented Janice Honeyman (Pinocchio) and she has taken this show to new levels as she directs the cast while the 10-piece orchestra is lead by Clinton Zerf. The band (keyboard, bass, violin, drums, percussion, flute, piccolo, Irish whistle and guitar) provide a solid backing for the wonderful music numbers. All of this along with the exciting choreography will leave you no other choice but to get on your feet and cheer with the crowd.

The Boys in the Photograph runs until 11 July and tickets can be booked through Computicket or for discounted tickets and block bookings you can contact the theatre directly on +27 (0)11 877-6854/3.

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Boys in the Photograph © AndrewLloydWedder.com

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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