Kani’s Miss­ing is an SA clas­sic

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John Kani’s Miss­ing... Artscape Theatre, Cape Town May 9 to 14 R80 at Com­puticket I saw John Kani’s Miss­ing... last year at the State Theatre, that old Bru­tal­ist tem­ple in Tsh­wane, where on the day the au­di­ence was made up mostly of stu­dents. In the pro­duc­tion, also di­rected by Kani, he plays Robert Khalipa, a pre­vi­ously exiled strug­gle leader who finds him­self in the midst of an ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis when he de­cides to re­turn to his ances­tral home­land af­ter 30 years in Stock­holm.

On the day, the pro­duc­tion cre­ated awk­ward mo­ments of cringe­wor­thy gig­gles in an au­di­ence full of rain­bow na­tion kids. They laugh as Robert imag­ines what this new, utopian South Africa could look like. It makes you won­der about mem­ory and what it means in the nar­ra­tive of apartheid his­tory. Who told the story? What did they omit?

It’s a clas­sic of South African theatre. If you haven’t seen it, go out and ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self. It’s a must.

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A CLAS­SIC John Kani and Su­san Dan­ford in Miss­ing...

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