COVID MOONS HIT BY COVID – BUT THE SHOW GOES ON!
The Royal Arts Town Amphitheatre (RATA) in Riebeek Kasteel which was developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, was due to officially open on Friday 13 November (Amphitheatre Director Mark Graham-Wilson’s lucky date!) with Clare Stopford’s production of her aptly named new play, COVID MOONS.
However, the lucky date has turned out to be not so lucky with Covid-19 making a guest appearance in the COVID MOONS cast. Sipumziwe Licwaba, who plays Lufuno in the production, was unknowingly exposed to the virus at the end of the first week of rehearsals in Cape Town and has subsequently tested positive. His co-star, Nicol Steyn, and Clare Stopford are both negative, but Lufuno is now in isolation, which means that normal rehearsals are on ice for a while.
However, in true theatrical tradition, the show will go on! Work will continue on Zoom until Lufuno is able to return to the rehearsal room, but valuable time will have been lost, which means that the opening of COVID MOONS has been postponed by several days. The lower price preview will now be on Tuesday 17 November with four full price performances from Wednesday 18 until Saturday 21 November.
Patrons who have booked tickets for the postponed performances of 12, 13 and 14 November will be contacted directly to arrange tickets for the new dates.
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