The Crucifixion of Amagqwirha Directed by Jovan Muthray and Mlindeli Zondi. Devised by The Movement RSA. Designed by Binnie Christie. Performed by Sanelisiwe Jobodwana, Campbell Jessica Meas, Nyakallo Motloung and Star Tlali.
‘The Crucifixion of Amagqwirha’ tells the tale of four young girls who are desperately seeking to find their missing friend. Unfortunately their quest seems to reach a cul de sac when their concerns are taken up by a community of elders that are arrested by the suspicion and superstitious that come with old wife tale – coupled with a young newly appointed chief who’s reasoning seems to mimic that of a teenage boy who views and navigates through life as though it was one long video game.
Inspired by Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, it lends a variation of themes presented in his play – the story is executed in a proudly South African manner through the use of indigenous folk tale and shadow puppetry.
‘The Crucifixion of Amagqwirha’ premiered at the National Arts Festival, had a one day staging at Wits Theatre’s 969 Festival.
“The only downside of this extraordinarily beautifully crafted work is that it enjoyed but one performance at this festival. It deserves legs in many more contexts.” Robyn Sassen
“The energy of the entire ensemble in creating this piece is palpable; there’s a give and take in dialogue and thinking which brings to mind the feisty dynamism in their work. When the four little girls are debating issues, it’s there. When the elders of the community are calling for a witch hunt, it’s there too.” Robyn Sassen
“The work will take you from laughing out loud to shivering in your shoes, at the eerie prospect of the things out there that we cannot fathom.” Robyn Sassen
Running time: 50 minutes Age restriction: 13 and above.