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The premiere of playwright John Moalusi Ledwaba’s last play, My Hole My Home, at the Market Theatre will be a testimony to his legacy.
A beautiful thing about theatre is that the legacy of playwrights can live on even after they have passed through the scripts that they endow us and the performances that are staged to celebrate their lives. The premiere of playwright John Moalusi Ledwaba’s last play, My Hole My Home, at the Market Theatre will be a testimony to the legacy that playwrights endow to future generations.
John Ledwaba died in December 2017. At a memorial service that was held at the Ramoloa Makhene Theatre, the Market Theatre’s artistic director James Ngcobo announced that the Market Theatre will produce and premiere the legendary playwright’s last play.
Directed by Phala Oakeditse Phala and starring Mandla Gaduka and Seneliso Dladla, My Hole My Home is about the plight of two homeless men living in the streets of Johannesburg; and for whom the home in the streets provides roots, identity, security, a sense of belonging and a place of emotional wellbeing.
John Moalusi Ledwaba was inspired to write My Hole My Home after reading Phakama Mbonambi article published in the Sunday Times in the 2000’s about the plight of two homeless men, Silence Mninzi and Elijah Simama, living in two neighbouring holes in Emma Park in Linden, Johannesburg.
Ledwaba puts human faces to the struggles that homeless people encounter in their lives in the streets. It is a play about their courage, determination and their ability to confront the scary past patterns of misfortunes to eradicate the bad luck that seems to surround their futures.
Award-winning playwright John Ledwaba started his career at the Soyikwa Theatre in Soweto where he co-created and performed in Matsemela Manaka’s Egoli which was restaged at the Market Theatre in 2016 as part of the Theatre’s 40th anniversary celebrations. John’s association with the Market Theatre and the Windybrow Arts Centre dated back to the early eighties. He wrote and co-wrote productions with late theatre giants such as Matsemela Manaka and Barney Simon. He performed at the Edinburg Festival in a one-hander Vuka (1982), Black Dog – Inj’emnyama! and Street Sisters. In 2016 John embarked on penning down My Hole My Home and unbeknown to him it was to be his last offering to the industry that he dedicated his whole life to.
My Hole My Home is sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture’s Incubation programme that gives emerging and mid-level directors, designers, production managers and actors opportunities to be mentored and to work one-on-one with a professional mentors and industry professionals who can hone their skills and propel them from amateur to professional status. The programme also places an emphasis on developing home-grown content and to generate original South African productions for the theatre going public.
My Hole My Home will be staged at the Market Theatre from 11 May – 3 June.