Xova, ‘Ukuxova’, a Xhosa word meaning to prepare dough for home-baked bread, is a metaphor for the process of raising a child, which we realise in the storyline. The endured hardships of solo parenthood and father absenteeism is brought to stage for examination.
Set on a dry and dusty village on the outskirts of Pretoria, Xova follows a young woman in a heavily disadvantaged family bringing a healthy child to life and having to raise it without the father.
Her husband abandoned the family after being retrenched from his job. He does not want anything to with the child or any idea of him being a father. His wife, only in her early 20s, is left to be a sole breadwinner for her family and newborn.
Although there is text of Xhosa mixed with English, the body language and emotions carry the story in movement. “The story is told through song and movement. It has a 3D feel and a lot of symbolism and minimalism,” says writer and Director of Xova, Joseph Komani.
Komani is a 28-year-old thespian in love with writing and directing theatre since 2007. In 2013 Joseph co-wrote another play called “TWISTED” with Paul Grootboom. The show was staged at the State Theatre For two weeks under the theatre’s Indiespolight Program. Under his playwright belt he also adds a stage play called “Mother and child” which received a Naledi Award nomination in 2013.
Xova is scheduled with night performances starting at 20:00 from Tuesday to Saturday, and an afternoon performance on Sunday at 15:00. Tickets are R80 at Computicket outlets nationwide. Bookings can also be made by clicking the link https://goo.gl/6bHCRU
This production is achieved through the Incubator Programme funded by the Department of Arts and Culture. The programme is designed to accelerate the successful transition of semi- professional entrepreneurial artists through an array of business, technical and artistic mentorships. It takes an artist through a professional development that assists them in personal development, content creation and production tools and creates opportunities for the incubatees when they exit the programme.