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For an authentic Capetonian experience and a night of light entertainment, spend an evening at The Fugard Theatre. It promises a night filled with good South African humour, rhythm, songs and delicious food. The show is based on the famous District Six era and tells the story of a family growing up in a vibrant community where an eclectic mix of races and religions thrived in the shadow of the majestic Table Mountain.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various hotels in Cape Town CBD. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Cape Town available on request at an extra charge. Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic. Minimum 2 guests per booking.|
|DEPARTURE TIME||6:00am – Daily (except 25-26 December and 1 January); depends on weather conditions|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
The Fugard Theatre in District Six
The show is featured at The Fugard Theatre which is located in the heart of District Six. It is named in honour of Athol Fugard who is South Africa’s most significant and internationally-acclaimed playwright. He wrote soul-searching plays that touched on deeply traumatic periods in South Africa’s history which either brings the audience to laughter or tears. The main theme usually centres on the barbaric and inhumane treatment of individuals during the turbulent apartheid era.
The Fugard Theatre plays homage to this great man by creating a superb theatrical experience for everyone; regardless of race, colour, gender or creed. It is especially significant that The Fugard Theatre is located in the iconic suburb of District Six which was once home to a vibrant, cosmopolitan community which was forcibly relocated to the depressing and wind-swept Cape Flats.
The musical watched by guests is called District Six – Kanala; it was created by South Africa’s much-loved funnyman, David Kramer and opened to wide acclaim exactly 50 years to the day after the Group Areas Act declared District Six a “whites only” area. District Six – Kanala celebrates and recreates some of the vibrant musical culture that was part of the 1960s District Six; belting out songs that take guests from Hanover Street to the Star Bioscope, the Tafelberg Hotel, the City Hall and the Green Point track.
District Six was a multi-race working-class suburb located just south of the Castle of Good Hope. It was an impoverished community of some 55 000 people but they were a lively bunch, made up mostly of mixed-race inhabitants called Coloureds.
It was originally established as a community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants and named the sixth district of Cape Town in 1867. The community was tragically torn apart when the area was declared a “Whites only” area under the Group Areas Act in the 1940s. The more prosperous residents relocated to suburbs further afield while other families were forcibly removed to the Cape Flats.
Resistance by inhabitants was intense and the last residents only left in the mid-1970s. Homes were demolished under a slum clearance programme and District Six became a neglected, abandoned ward of Cape Town. A politically-driven “Hands Off District Six” campaign prevented private developers from moving into the area and District Six became a visual symbol of the suffering caused by apartheid. The only places left untouched were places of worship.
In the 1980s, housing for police and army personnel and the Cape Technical College were erected. After the 1994 democratic elections, claims for restitution were initiated by the displaced families and a large number of them were given the option to resettle in District Six or accept financial compensation.
Today, District Six is an empty shell of its former glory where a half-hearted attempt has been made to develop the area. People driving past decades after its former inhabitants suffered the humiliation and agony of being forcibly removed from their homes are reminded of the country’s struggle for freedom and equality.
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