Fame '92

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‘’Fame '92’’ is a musical by Cathy Cheel (?-) and Teresa Dovey (?-), with music and lyrics by Darryl Nel (1972-)

The original text

From the original theatre programme (1992): "FAME 92 is a play in touch with the reality of modern South Africa. As a totally "homegrown* East London product, it aims to show off local acting, dancing, singing and musical talent in such a way that East Londoners will take the available talent in the city more seriously. The play is set in East London with the action moving around the suburbs and townships. It focuses on the build-up to a music competition, with its symbolic message embodied in the relationship between Kylie (Kerry Hiles) and Zuko (Loyiso Lubisi). Musically FAME 92 reflects the vast variations in taste, style and sound of contemporary South Africa. 'Rock 'n Roll' and "Bubble-Gum" is found as naturally alongside "Rap' and Township Jive" as it is on the local hit parades. Given ISIDA's mission to develop the people of East London through as many forums as possible, FAME 92 brings this opportunity to around 100 East Londoners ranging in age from 4-80! Collectively they represent the entire race and social class spectrum of the city, and collectively they demonstrate the potential of local people to perform to standards which equal, if not better, those of other cities elsewhere."

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Performance history in South Africa

1992: Fame '92 was produced by The Institute for Social and Individual Development in Africa (ISIDA) at the Guild Theatre in May 1992. The production team was as follows: Cathy Cheel (director), Darryl Nel (musical director), Di Ruddick (choreographer), James Durno (set design), Melani Johnson and Daluxolo Papu (choreographic assistants). The cast included: Sivu Nobongoza, Justin Allen, Angelique Kemp, Cindy Poole, Hazel Molao, Ceridwen Dovey, Lezay von Hoesslin, Rachel Griggs, Lindi Dovey, Josh Kann, Botha Swarts, Greg Johnson, Xolani Mafanga, Mfundo Ndevu, Hellen Mnguni, Veliswa Mcata, Sax-O-Wills Mbali, Ray Mngxale, Loyiso Lubisi, Ndithini Mbali, Ndixolele Mbali, Kerry Hiles, Natasha van Tonder, Margeaux Bursey, Elise Jooste and Amanda Ruddick.


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Fame '92 programme, 1992

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