Youth Development at Joburg theatre presents Gomora. The show is written and performed by Mlindeli Zondi, directed by Tsholofelo Pauline Mmbi and the shadow puppetry is by Chris Van Ransburg.
Gamora runs from 16 to 19 February 2017.
The play seeks solutions to reverse the impact and effects of colonialism on the current generation. It is set in an ancient cave, which has been turned into a historical museum and tourist attraction. The tour guide of the museum is a descendant of the rightful owners of the land.
If history could be written from the eyes of nature, would it be written the same as it is from a human perspective?
This production interrogates the question of genuine reality observed versus truth perceived. The performance is carried out through heightened physicality, visuals and with poetry and prose.
Mlindeli’s professional debut play was at Soweto Theatre with the theatrical play My wife, family and my gun. He was also a member of the Market Theatre’s laboratory students who won 3 awards at the National Arts Festival for a play directed by James Ngcobo and written by Khayelihle Dom Gumede. He has worked with Fortune Cookie, Craig Morris, Matlatsi Mkhunyana, Billy Langa and American director Tina Johnson.
Director Tsholefelo Pauline Mmbi, who was also part of the Milk and Honey team that won 3 awards at the National Arts Festival, has performed professionally as part of the 969 Festival, Arts Alive Festival and at Soweto Theatre. She has worked with acclaimed performer and director, Warona Seane.
Chris van Ransburg, who does the shadow puppetry in the play, is a graduate from the University of Pretoria. He received an award for best creative contribution to their drama department.