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On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Slindile Mthembu about her production Igama? which has just completed short runs at both the Vavasati International Women’s Festival and the Kopanong Arts Festival.
Mthembu uses 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 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 backwards 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.
Due to technical issues we lost the audio feed at the beginning of this interview, but we were able to capture a large part of the interview with Slindile Mthembu and we have made that available to you here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8 am to 11 am