RADA have joined forces with the award-winning musical The Color Purple

Opening at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre on January 31st 2018 and running until Sunday March 4th 2018, The Color Purple, the musical in South Africa will be produced by Bernard Jay and feature a local cast.

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The Color Purple is based upon the 1982 novel written by Alice Walker and tells the inspiring story of a woman who – through love – finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her unique voice in the world. A family saga, the musical is set in 1930s Southern United States, and does not shy away from the brutal realities of its origin. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of African American women facing numerous societal issues including their exceedingly low position in American culture. Themes of sexism, racism, abuse, sisterhood, women’s rights and the disruption of traditional gender roles are addressed.

Despite its historical setting, many of these issues are still prevalent in modern culture, and are in-part reason for RADA’s existence.
The Color Purple and RADA will be collaborating and participating in various outreach projects to help spread the message of hope to South Africans.

J-P Nobrega, founder of RADA explains,

“We are extremely proud to collaborate with the incredible cast and unbelievable team that breaths life to The Color Purple. In its simplest form, RADA aims to spread a message of love and empowerment. By the same token, The Color Purple epitomises this message and encompasses a story of incredible achievement through terrible adversity. The musical so brilliantly conveys how a person can reinvent themselves no matter life’s difficulties. It therefore makes perfect sense to combine forces and inspire a nation.”

The musical The Color Purple was originally produced on Broadway in 2005 by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and Quincy Jones, receiving eleven 2006 Tony Award nominations. The recent Broadway revival enjoyed tremendous success, boosted by its major Tony Award wins in 2016 and Grammy Award in 2017.