On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Mlindeli Zondi about Gomora starting a short run at The Plat4orm tomorrow.
The play, developed with the support of Joburg Theatre’s Youth Development initiative, seeks solutions about retrieving colonial impacts that affects the current generation. It is set in an ancient cave, now turned into a historical museum as a tourist attraction, where the tour guide is a descendant of the rightful owners of the land. If history could be written from the eyes of nature, could it be written in the same human perspective?
This production interrogates the question of genuine reality observed or truth perceived. The performance is carried out through heightened physicality, visuals and with poetry and prose.
Mlindeli’s professional debut was at the Soweto Theatre with the play My Wife, Family and My Gun. He was in the cast of Milk and Honey, a play directed by James Ngcobo and written by Khayelihle Dom Gumede, as one of the Market Theatre laboratory students who won 3 awards at the National Arts Festival. He has worked with Fortune Cookie, Craig Morris, Matlatsi Mkhunyana, Billy Langa and American director Tina Johnson.
Director Tsholofelo Pauline Mmbi, who was also part of the Milk and Honey team, has performed professionally as part of the 969 Festival, Arts Alive Festival and at the Soweto Theatre. She has worked with acclaimed performer and director Warona Seane.
Chris van Ransburg who does shadow puppetry in the play is a graduate from the University of Pretoria. He received an award for best creative contribution in their drama department.
Listen to Renos’ interview with Mlindeli Zondi here:
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