An ode to his fa­ther

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The Ceno­taph of Dan wa Moriri Play­house Loft Theatre, Dur­ban May 6 and 7 at 7.30pm Tick­ets R80 at com­ Imag­ine hav­ing to re­live one of your most painful mo­ments, night af­ter night, in front of an au­di­ence. This is what per­former Tony Miyambo does in The Ceno­taph of Dan wa Moriri, an in­ti­mate por­trayal of the death of his fa­ther. Miyambo and his di­rec­tor, Ger­ard Bester, cre­ated the play for the Wits So Solo fes­ti­val last year, and it was drama­tised by Wil­liam Hard­ing. My mom, brother and I went to watch it just af­ter its run at the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val last year, un­aware of what we were in for. Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the death of our fa­ther in 2012, this piece hit us hard – it is by no means a light and en­ter­tain­ing night out. It is, how­ever, sen­si­tively writ­ten and in­ti­mately set up, and Miyambo is breath­tak­ing in his ten­der­ness and vul­ner­a­bil­ity. Miyambo’s fa­ther was a hairdresser and, af­ter the play, you can’t help but feel that you knew the man. It’s a beau­ti­ful piece of theatre that you won’t for­get. Just be ready to take out the tis­sues. – Grethe Koen


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