Mandela Tales sold out at Southbank

Mandela Tales sold out at Southbank

London, UK: Earlier this week (Wednesday 15 February) families were treated to an undeniably spectacular musical extravaganza at Southbank Centre. Shirley J. Thompson, in association with Southbank Centre, presented the world premiere of Mandela Tales at The Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, to a sold-out auditorium and with high demand for more performances.

The audience revelled and swayed in their seats (and on their feet) as children and families enjoyed an evocative musical score, composed and arranged by Shirley J. Thompson, redolent in contemporary jazz rhythms, soulful classical overtones, together with a series of mystical stories, song and dance – all inspired by the book Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folk Tales. “When I read the stories I was deeply moved and hoped in creating this production that I could put across their profundity. I love folk tales and storytelling and feel that these traditional myths offer delightful lessons for children (and for the young at heart!). We were brought up on the Grimm Fairy Tales and yet these African tales, that are so powerful and intriguing to young people, are little known in the UK. I was determined to find the right cast to convey their magic and humour in this original production. By the young people’s enjoyment and outwardly positive reception, I am richly rewarded by my efforts.” Shirley J. Thompson.
One audience member, aged 8 said that she came along because she had wanted to know more about Black History as she is learning about Africa at school, and another aged 9, said he loved it, all of it, especially the sumptuous finale led by Soprano Yolanda Grant-Thompson.

Mandela Tales featured the exquisite stories of Mpipidi and the Motlopi Tree from Botswana, The Hare and the Tree Spirit (Xhosa, South Africa) and Fesito Goes to Market (Uganda).

Mandela Tales, a beautiful new production for children, performed on 15 February, was devised, directed and produced by ground-breaking composer Shirley J. Thompson for Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival which runs from 11 – 26 February, 2012 in London.

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