Joburg Theatre Youth Development presents The Crucifixion of Amagqwirha. The production will be staged at Space.com from 18 – 20 August 2017.
The Crucifixion of Amagqwirha, directed by Jovan Muthray and Mlindeli Zondi. Devised by The Movement RSA. Designed by Binnie Christie. Performed by Sanelisiwe Jobodwana, Campbell Jessica Meas, Nyakallo Motloung and Star Tlali.
‘The Crucifixion of Amagqwirha’ tells the tale of four young girls who are desperately seeking to find their missing friend. Their quest seems to reach a cul de sac when their concerns are taken up by a community of elders arrested by the suspicion and superstitions that come with old wife tales – coupled with a young newly appointed chief whose reasoning seems to mimic that of a teenage boy who views and navigates through life as though it was one long video game.
Inspired by Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, it uses a variety of themes presented in his play – the story is executed in a proudly South African manner through indigenous folk tale and shadow puppetry.
‘The Crucifixion of Amagqwirha’ premiered at the National Arts Festival and had a one-day staging at Wits Theatre’s 969 Festival.
“The only downside of this extraordinarily beautifully crafted work is that it enjoyed but one performance at this festival. It deserves legs in many more contexts.” Robyn Sassen
“The energy of the entire ensemble in creating this piece is palpable; there’s a give and take in dialogue and thinking which brings to mind the feisty dynamism in their work. When the four little girls are debating issues, it’s there. When the elders of the community are calling for a witch hunt, it’s there too.” Robyn Sassen
“The work will take you from laughing out loud to shivering in your shoes, at the eerie prospect of the things out there that we cannot fathom.” Robyn Sassen