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After making a successful debut at the Kopanong Arts Festival in July, and at The Vavasati
International Women’s Festival (South African State Theatre) in August 2019.
In her research, Mthembu explores with the theory of intersectionality (gender, race, and class) as a framework to explain the ways that system of power such as white supremacist beliefs, post-colonial implication, and the politics of language erode the experiences of women through a perpetual and systematic oppression.
In the play, Mthembu ruptures linearity by disrupting theatrical time and space to simultaneously highlight why black women’s lived experiences are not linear. Mthembu finds that the dominating theatrical discourse of beginning, middle and end narrative structures of playwriting is far too limiting to speak to contemporary issues experienced by women.
Thus, the play Igama? intersects five black women’s fragmented memories that move backward and forward. The play starts in the present, past, back to the present, into the future, then back to the present. This is done to epicentre themes such as; identity, sexual violence, abuse, child rape, loss of memory, marriage, culture, the politics of language and white supremacy.
Mthembu welcomes a South African theatre audience to experience non-linearity form that unfolds why being a black women in post-colonial world is complex.