Fresh from being crowned with a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, Calvin Ratladi’s Silent Scars now plays at the State Theatre.
Ratladi’s production was part of the 2016 CADO Mzansi Fela Festival and has won numerous awards at the South African State Theatre and the Baxter Theatre. Earlier this month he took the production to Grahamstown where it scooped a Standard Bank Ovation Award in the Fringe Programme.
“Silent Scars is my acclaimed directorial debut that has brought recognition and respect from different South African platforms and all these would not be possible without my extraordinary cast, musicians, stage manager and technician for so much dedication and courage,” said Ratladi.
Silent Scars is an emotive hard-hitting work that embodies and tackles the disintegration of the inter-generational legacies that seek redemption. Writer and director Calvin Ratladi explains that “the crafting of the work has been bold, brave and in conversation with personal wounds. And it is within these wounds where we journeyed back to excavate and reclaim everyone’s unspeakable stolen memories with hope to heal those alike.”
Silent Scars features emerging artists like Mthobisi Soko, Baxolile Masemola, Zinhle Masango, Lindokuhle Mthimunye and Cromwell Maduna.
“The story is set in an expressive, impoverished and imaginary place in South Africa. The authenticity of the production lies at the heart of storytelling, physical metaphors, mesmeric song and symbols to communicate what many may consider a shrapnel of the past,” Ratladi said.
Calvin Ratladi is a trained theatre-maker born and bred in Witbank, Mpumalanga. He recently completed his degree in drama with the Tshwane University of Technology Drama and Film Department passing with a cum laude (specializing in directing and scriptwriting) and is currently pursuing his masters degree.
- “delicately constructed, skilful choreography.”- Tracey Saunders, WeekEndSpecial
- “Amazing work!” – Mamela Nyamza
- “What an impeccable artist you are, Calvin.” – Lara Foot