In­ter­ro­gat­ing the state of hu­man­ity

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO CITY BEAT - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land drama lec­turer Gift Marovat­sanga is tak­ing a deeper look at the abuse of women, their iden­tity, in­jus­tice and the state of hu­man­ity.

In his well-penned and hard hit­ting the­atre pro­duc­tion,

Faces, Marovat­sanga is un­com­pro­mis­ingly re­veal­ing un­palat­able facts about rape, phys­i­cal and emo­tional abuse as well as key is­sues that lie at the cen­tre of all hu­man ex­is­tence.

‘Love, war, peace, dis­putes, and any other ide­olo­gies or acts of hu­man­ity are born out of the di­verse re­la­tions be­tween the self and the other.

‘I al­ways ex­am­ine the self, and each time I do, I look at what the self tells him­self and what the self thinks of the other. It is out of this never-end­ing search of mean­ing in the self that Faces was born,’ said Marovat­sanga.

‘Faces plays on the no­tion of iden­tity and change and at its core, the play ques­tions ev­ery in­di­vid­ual and what and how they con­struct their true iden­tity.

‘The sto­ry­teller cre­ates dis­tance and hides from the ‘il­lu­sion’ of being a ‘mad woman’ al­low­ing the viewer the priv­i­lege of as­sum­ing sanity yet cre­at­ing a safe space for the viewer to iden­tify and re­flect from a dis­tance, hid­ing in their self-con­scious­ness.

‘At one level, the play is a woman’s per­sonal story about abuse, but at the other level, a story about how ev­ery hu­man being has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to make the world a better place.’

‘Faces forces view­ers to look in­side them­selves and to face their own demons be­fore judg­ing and la­belling oth­ers,’ he said.

The pro­duc­tion will be show­cased at Em­pan­geni Civic Cen­tre on Tuesday, 8 and Wed­nes­day, 9 May.

Af­ter the Zu­l­u­land show­case, the pro­duc­tion will be on the road to Zim­babwe where the role of Faces will be por­trayed by a Zim­bab­wean ac­tress.

Por­tray­ing the role of Faces is well­known the­atre ac­tress Nothando Mabaso Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

Writer, di­rec­tor and creative arts and drama lec­turer Gift Marovat­sanga

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