Kani’s Missing is an SA classic
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.
A CLASSIC John Kani and Susan Danford in Missing...