“Shoes & Coups: a paradox of the absurd” is a punchy satirical play on the state of contemporary global politics, the rise of civil activism and a controversial pair of shoes. Making her directorial debut at the Market Theatre is the young and upcoming Palesa Mazamisa who is mentored by theatre veteran Maralin Vanrenen.
The Ultimate State of Lascivia has lost its leader, the Supreme General Uncle Su, who died tragically choking on a chicken bone when his limousine crashed into a tree.
Lascivia, his obnoxious daughter the Great Successor, is set to take over the reign of the prosperous nation. Regrettably, the Great Successor has no desire to do so as she dreams of becoming the world’s most respected fashion designer. However, as an only child, she has no choice but to take on her duty and lead the country.
The ambitious, ruthless and career-climber of note Deputy CEO of The Corporation Tracinda Purchase is brought in by Lascivia’s loyal servant and assistant Nimrod to manage the nation while Lascivia focuses on her life’s passion. On the other hand, Nimrod hopes the death of Uncle Su will finally give him an opportunity to demonstrate his leadership skills. That is if Lascivia and Tracinda Purchase will let him.
This brand-new political satire will premier at the Barney Simon Theatre for a limited season; 16 November – 02 December 2018.
However, trouble lurks on the fateful day when the negotiated deal is to be signed. Citizens of the Ultimate State of Lascivia are fed up and let it know through the nation’s first iMbongi that it is time for change.
It is left up to Nimrod to balance the interest of the people against the powers that be, as Lascivia and Tracinda Purchase vie for control while the citizens’ protests escalate to ungovernable levels.
Shoes and Coups provides an illuminating, insightful, and frequently hilarious look at the harsh realities of presidential politics.
Palesa Mazamisa is a published writer, playwright and producer whose contributions vary from literary to finance and business publications. She worked in the media and publishing industries before entering the theatre and film.
Her short story ‘Kadra’s Decree’, published in Open: An anthology of writing by South Africa’s best women writers, was widely recognised for its subject matter of Female Genital Mutilation. Her short story ‘A Day In August’ was published in the literary anthology Botsotso 17 in 2016. Her most recent play, the satirical Shoes & Coups: A Paradox of the Absurd will be published in an anthology of South African political plays in 2018.
Maralin Vanrenen returns to the Market Theatre in a mentorship role. She is a notable South African writer and director for Stage and Television who started her career as an actress at the original Space Theatre Company in Cape Town. Having written and directed a number of hugely successful plays such as the smash rock musical hit, Flashing Trash and the nuclear nightmare musical Up ‘n Atom, Vanrenen also directed and co-wrote Have you seen Zandile – with the two starring actresses Gcina Mhlope and Thembi Mtshali – which went on to win a much coveted Fringe First award for Best Production at the Edinburgh Festival in 1987, amongst many others.
Shoes and Coups is sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture’s Incubation Fund aimed to assist emerging practitioners in the creative arts to hone their skills through mentorship and propel them from amateur to professional status.
Ticket prices range between R90.00 – R150.00 and to make block bookings, contact Anthony Ezeoke +27 11 832 1641
Photos supplied by Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist at the Market Theatre.