On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Sinenhlanhla Zwane about Mmu at WITS 969 Festival.
Mmu is a play about the ownership of land. Beneath our feet lay the secrets of the soil, waiting to grow, sprout, weed their way to breathe the sunshine. Here EARTH whispers of her birth pains, her deflowering, her uprootedness and how softly she sobs over soiled souls. To whom does this soil belong, if not herself?
MMU, meaning “soil” in Tshwana, unearths the journeys across different lands and different worlds using storytelling where bodies and voices serve as sculpting instruments. Driven by the theme of nomadism, Mmu questions the interlinked identities between people and land: does the land shape us and do we in turn, shape the land?
The production explores the relationship between man and land and the discovery of self-awareness as it follows the story of Simon- a man in search of his long-lost sister, Thenjiwe. Accompanying him on his travels, the audience is plunged into Simon’s varying states of realities and his connection to the soil which leads him closer to an unforeseeable destination. Experience an exciting navigation of a story where the notion of home is rooted everywhere and nowhere.
Mmu is directed by Luke Reid and Sinenhlanhla Q. Zwane who have collaborated with writer Quinton Manning, under the mentorship of Prince Lamla and Kgafela Oa Magogodi, lecturers within the Theatre and Performance Division at the University of Witwatersrand.
The cast who contributed to the development of this production include young performers: Abongile Matyutyu, Khumo Baduza, Joel Leornard, Kashifa Sithole and Nambitha Tyelbooi,
Listen to Renos’ interview with Sinenhlanhla Zwane here:
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