Interrogating the state of humanity
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