Sibikwa Arts Centre Presents My Children! My Africa!

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Sibikwa Arts Centre presents the Stage production of its 2019 Athol Fugard season, My Children! My Africa!

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On the 08 February 2019, the play will be performed 3 times between 12:00 and 14:00 at the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni. The three productions each have their own cast and their own director.

Set in 1984 South Africa, My Children! My Africa! explores the interaction and relationships between Thami, a gifted 17-year-old black boy, his teacher and mentor of many years, Mr. M., and Isabel, a confident and enthusiastic white pupil who befriends the other two during an inter-school debate in the Location, a black ghetto at the edge of a small provincial town. The two young people strike a gently competitive friendship and are enrolled to enter an English literature school quiz, but as the drilling for the competition advances, tension mounts.

“My adaptation is greatly inspired by the western proverb ‘A pen is mightier than a sword’ and how Mr M, believes in education being the strongest weapon to fight the system and Thami on the other hand strongly believes in fighting for liberation” – Lehlohonolo Dube. “As much as the play was written during apartheid, it still speaks to where we are as a Nation. Disagreements on the correct way of responding to an oppressive system make for a powerful conflict in the play. Should violence be met with violence? Or dialogue? I looked at the relevance of the play in the current South African political context which really inspired me” Seiphemo Motswiri.

As part of its educational programming, Sibikwa Arts Centre is offering free tickets to the public for this performance. Following the staging on the 8th February, Sibikwa Arts Centre will take My Children! My Africa! On a tour to local high schools in Gauteng (dates to be released). Presented in full costume with props, sound and minimal set pieces, the play is followed by a conversation with students and cast.

3 Directors and 3 Adaptations

Cast: Girly Louw, Mpho Montewa, Jabulile Mabaso, Sepotoko Madule, Nondumiso Mbetha, Jackson Kitso, Sonwabile Ngxito, Olefile Ramorwesi, Keletso Qhina, Akhumzi Mei Samora, Sindiswa Msebenzi and Lunga Biva.

Directors: Seiphemo Motswiri, Lereko Mfono and Lehlohonolo Dube.

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