The second theatre-maker from Magnet Theatre’s Internship programme, Lwanda Sindaphi, presents his new play Kudu in December.
Lwanda Sindaphi’s Kudu opens at Magnet Theatre on 1 December and runs until 3 December. It follows the success of Nwabisa Plaatjie’s 23 years, a month and 7 days in early November.
Set in the year 2030, the AmaXhosa nation has taken over the Eastern Cape to utilise the land for their own prosperity. Meanwhile three Khoi-Coloured descendants and their aging cow are migrating to the Eastern Cape. The drama centres on their encounter with Intaba KaNdoda, a poverty-stricken community once ruled by the Khoi chief Ndoda. The Khoi-Coloured descendants, having heard stories of how chief Ndoda was killed in a land dispute, have come to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. They have arrived to take back the land from the AmaXhosa.
Lwanda Sindaphi (director) says: “I’ve been reading a book by David Robbins called On The Bridge of Goodbye. There’s this quote about genocide which I find relevant to Kudu, ‘Physical genocide that’s something that everyone knows. But what about spiritual genocide? The genocide of consciousness, of language, of culture. That’s what I want to write about: about someone who looks like his own people, but is only a shell. Inside, he is like a zombie.’ The play is about people reclaiming their own piece of land, reclaiming their customs, their culture, their languages and their spirituality. It’s people fighting to be acknowledged not as extinct but as existing.”
Venue: Magnet Theatre
Dates: 1 December, 2 December, 3 December (with additional matinee performance on Saturday 3 December at 14:00)
Ticket Prices: R60 General Public, R40 Pensioners, Students and Scholars
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