Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Drama opens debate about Father/Son relationships

BREAK A LEG: A scene from the CPUT Arts Society’s play, The spirit of Shakespeare in Africa, which will run at the upcoming National Arts Festival in Grahamstown BREAK A LEG: A scene from the CPUT Arts Society’s play, The spirit of Shakespeare in Africa, which will run at the upcoming National Arts Festival in Grahamstown

A play, which explores the complicated relationship between a father and son, will be presented by the CPUT Arts Society at this year’s annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Written and directed by renowned Cape Town playwright Thami aka Mbongo, The spirit of Shakespeare in Africa, will be on show from June 29 to July 2 and features a cast of eight CPUT students, many of whom have never acted before. The captivating play premiered on Cape Town Campus last week and was treated to rounds of applause by the audience. 

The play is based on a true story about a South African young man who received the Brett Goldin Bursary to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in the United Kingdom. The young man had a poor relationship with his father because he didn’t raise or financially support him. He also didn’t appreciate the son’s dream of pursuing a career in the arts industry.
“At the RSC the young man learnt Shakespeare’s writings about relationships between a father and son and fell in love with Shakespeare,” says aka Mbongo.
He adds that the play seeks to open a debate in the society as South Africa has lots of parents who don’t raise their offspring. 
“We need to find a way of breaking the cycle of absent parents,” he says. 

CPUT’s Student Development Officer Marysa Leukes adds that the play cleverly introduces Shakespearean themes of betrayal, loss, madness and ultimately acceptance, in a traditional setting.
“The cast present a seamless and haunting performance that leaves the audience with the realisation that their own stories are as powerful as any Shakespearean play.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

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