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Gold Reef-City Lyric Theatre to re-opens with Gumboots-show

Rhythms–Gumboots show will be live at Gold Reef City, as it reopens the Lyric Theatre on the 13th and 14th of November. Gold Reef City is an amusement park in Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. This is the coolest local entertainment place which provides a multitude of fun things to do in Joburg all in one exciting destination.

This is a historical tale featuring authentic traditional South African dancing and singing. The director of the show Magda Hadnagy will be joined by choreographer Mduduzi Magagula and musical director Vincent Ncabashe. He outlined that this show will bring vital chapter in South African history back to life after 15-years.

“I wanted to create this show because I am committed to sharing this important part of South Africa realistically but memorably. The beginning of the show relays the history and then later on in the show we get to the early 1930s and go into gumboot songs. It is really about the South African miners’ history,” he said.

Back in 1871, miners came up with their own language of gumboots and it is brought back to life in this physical performance. Performers use their black boots, pounding the ground and their hands beating, tapping, ringing and vibrating the gum of the boots as their principal instruments.


Rhythms–Gumboots show underway, at the reopening of Gold Reef City Lyric Theatre in Witwatersrand, Johannesburg on the 13th and 14th of November. Photo credit: John Lekota.

All backed up by the rhythms of guitars, piano, percussion, marimba and drums in English, Zulu and Xhosa songs. Meanwhile, the Marketing Manager, Feron Somiah, added and said that reopening the Lyric Theatre’s with Rhythm-Gumboots show will be super exciting.

“To re-open the Lyric Theatre with such an energetic show which echoes the resilience and passion of South Africans is pure joy for our team and highlights the outstanding offerings we continue to provide at Gold Reef City. All the COVID-19 protocols will be in place” he said.

He further stated that their movies at the complex will also be re-opening on 27 November and their Theme Park will re-open on 3 December.

“We are excited that our movies@ complex will also be re-opening. Gold Reef City will continue to provide our guests with the most thrilling entertainment experience possible while observing strict hygiene protocols,” he said.

The Gumboot-show will be live on stage at 5 pm and 8 pm on Friday, and 2 pm and 8 pm on Saturday, 14 November. Bookings via Computicket (https://www.goldreefcity.co.za/whatson/theatre/rhythms-the-gumboots-show/), tickets from R150pp.

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