On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Tebogo Radebe about Painful Joy.
Painful Joy is a participatory theatre performance about a waiter at restaurant, whose true self is hidden behind the mask of subservient service to unseeing diners. His own voice struggles to be heard as he is rendered invisible by his role as the “waiter”. Our waiter is waiting for his time, a time when he can be heard, where his life, voice and stories are centre stage. He struggles to control the overwhelming need to be acknowledged and seen beyond the role of smiling, dutiful waiter. The performance is meant to unravel the secret diary of a waiter aspiring to be like those he serves.
Conceived and performed by Tebogo Radebe
Written and directed Mahlatse Letoka
Music/Sound score Composition by Tebogo Radebe and Mahlatse Letoka
Listen to Renos’ interview with playwright and actor Tebogo Radebe 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 8am to 11am