Tak­ing al­binism to the stage

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Agretnser&aclulture - More Mat­shediso

Athe­atre pro­duc­tion by Arthur Molepo ti­tled ‘Mama, I Want The Black That You Are” goes to the root of teach­ing so­ci­ety about the hu­man rights of peo­ple liv­ing with al­binism.

Al­binism is a ge­netic dis­or­der in which there is par­tial or to­tal lack of the pig­ment melanin in the eyes, skin and hair.

The play stars Pu­leng Mole­batsi, Regina Mary Ndlovu, Nt­soaki Mathiba, Boi­tumelo Matha­bela and Alister Mbuso Dube.

The play is cen­tred on the life of a 15-year-old girl called Mat­lakala who has al­binism and who har­bours a plethora of emo­tions based on the abuse and prej­u­dice she has suf­fered from the com­mu­nity be­cause of her con­di­tion.

Mat­lakala comes from a lov­ing fam­ily of par­ents who do not have al­binism. To pro­tect them she has kept the so­cial prob­lems she has en­coun­tered due to the stigma and myths sur­round­ing al­binism, away from them.

Vuk’uzen­zele spoke to one of the cast mem­bers, Regina Mary Ndlovu (29), who is a pro­fes­sional ac­tress with ex­pe­ri­ence in theatre and film. She is also liv­ing with al­binism.

Ndlovu plays a de­mon char­ac­ter who tor­ments Mat­lakala with the aim of show­ing her that if she does not do any­thing about the abuse and dis­crim­i­na­tion that she is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, she will even­tu­ally die.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in this play means ev­ery­thing to me. It is my life be­cause through my act­ing I get to teach peo­ple and use this plat­form to tell real sto­ries. It means the world to me be­cause I was vic­timised for a long time too, I went through abuse and dis­crim­i­na­tion and I had no voice,” she said.

“Through this play I now have a chance to be­come a woman and a role model that I did not have grow­ing up,” she added.

Ndlovu said she can re­late to the sto­ry­line of the play well be­cause she has had first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of abuse and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

She said be­ing in­volved in the is play has taught her that it is not about fight­ing back but rather ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple that liv­ing with al­binism is equally hu­mane.

Regina Mary Ndlovu uses act­ing to ed­u­cate about al­binism.

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