Overview

This is the story of ‘The Black Titanic’, told by one of South Africa’s great music theatre ensembles.

In January 1917, the SS Mendi set sail from Cape Town, taking hundreds of black South African volunteers to support the Allied forces fighting in France. But early in the morning of 21 February 1917, the Mendi collided with a cargo ship amid thick fog in the English Channel and sank, killing 646 people.

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill, based on the book by Fred Khumalo, is powerful and moving music theatre inspired by the real-life tragic maritime disaster. Individuals from conflicting cultures become united in a final, defiant dance as the ship goes down.

Cape Town’s Isango Ensemble has played to sold-out audiences across the world and received numerous international awards. Their latest rousing work tells a truly startling story of how disaster gave rise to a life of hope, courage and resilience.

 

  • AGE RECOMMENDATION:

    Recommended for children aged 12 years and older.

  • WARNING:

    SS Mendi: Dancing The Death Drill contains violent themes, use of a fake gun, loud noise, fog and haze effects.

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Presented by Brisbane Festival, Philip Bacon AM and QPAC


Pricing Guide

Early Bird Admission i Premium $65 A-Reserve Adult $57 Concession^ $54 B-Reserve Adult $47 Concession $45 Student/Under 30 $42
Standard Admission i Premium $65 A-Reserve Adult $59 Concession^ $49 B-Reserve Adult $49 Concession^ $47 Student/Under 30 $45
Early Bird Admission i A-RESERVE $49
Standard Admission i A-RESERVE $49
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