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Lepatata

The distant wailing of a Kudu horn (Lepatata) cuts through the silence of the early morning dawn (Mahube- a – naka tsa kgomo), while the villagers ready themselves with the usual chores of the day. We see a woman in pain, she is obviously in labour. Upstage an old man plays a traditional musical instrument called Setinkana/Mbira. He is lost in his own world as he sings an old folk song (Peolwana). The mood of the scene is surrealistic and stylized. The actions between the dance of the women upstage and that of the old man playing the Setinkana happens simultaneously. It should appear as if the old man’s playing/singing is done for the women’s dance, their actions in unison. The woman’s groans grow louder and louder, then she collapses from exhaustion. We hear the first cries of the baby after birth. The old man continues humming while playing his instrument, then stops abruptly, and looks around, as if afraid someone would hear him. The women crawl off stage, taking the new-born child with them…

Naledi Award Winner

BEST ENSEMBLE: Lepatata, Prod. by Market Theatre & Windybrow Theatre. Written by Moagi Modise, Dir. by Makhaola Ndebele.

Emsini

  There is a saying that goes, “….secrets do not have a permanent home once a reign of terror befalls upon a small community”. In Kimberley, a young girl is kidnapped and locked in a shack. In an attempt to escape from the kidnapper, she finds an isolated shack inhabited by a recluse and hides away. This unwittingly opens a floodgate of long-held secrets. When a period of self-discovery dawns upon her, the recluse reveals to her things about her and her mother that she never knew…

Standard Bank Ovation Award

Clues on the Sand

“Clues on the Sand” is a story of an old San man of about 74 years of age, Oom Andries, who has experienced much tragedy in his life - central to which has been the loss of his son, an event which he has always blamed himself for and which has resulted in him losing his faith in the ancient ways of his people.

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Phokwane Chronicles

Twice (1878 and 1897), the small community of Phokwane, armed with a few guns rose up against the Cape Colonial power. When it was over, Phokwane was razed to the ground and 15 of the so-called “Ring- Leaders”, including Kgosi Galeshewe stood trial for their part in the rebellion. Facing the death sentence, Galeshewe shocked both the Colonial Empire as well as the public when he pleaded guilty to the murder of the Broome family and to the charges of sedition. This however was his strategy for defense...

Standard Bank Ovation Award


 


 

Goon

“Goon” takes place in Kimberley outside a Coloured area,  called Colville. The play is based on five men and one woman who illegally surf for diamonds at a mine dump, while telling each other stories of their life through humour, tears,  songs and dance. Common to all of their stories is the search for the elusive big rock (Goon), something which they believe will right the wrongs of their past, and enable them to live the life of their dreams...

Standard Bank Ovation Award

Big Hole

“Big Hole” is a musical play based on a little known mining disaster which took place in Kimberley around the turn of the Twentieth Century (1887),  when a mine shaft caught fire, trapping and killing all black miners in it. Waiting on the outside for news of their loved ones, six women narrate their sense of pain and loss through dialogue and music.

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A Season of Locusts

"…there must be no betrayal of the masses or their faith, their love or their hopes and dreams…Leaders must realize that we put them where they are, not to satisfy their lustful ambitions, nor so that they could strut about in fine clothes and huge executive cars…"

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