Posts Tagged ‘The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri’

Nat Ramabulana and Janna Ramos Violante perform in The Imagined Land at Vicky’s, Grahamstown, 10 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. The Imagined Land is a new play by acclaimed writer Craig Higginson in which a famous Zimbabwean novelist, modelled on Nadine Gordimer and Doris Lessing, is confronted by her biographer with difficult memories from her past. Photo: CuePix / Jane Berg.

The National Arts Festival pretty much reflects the theatre scene as a whole. There is still not enough black theatre, and there are not enough black audience members. It’s largely a matter of economics but it’s also related to artistic will.

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Tony Miyambo performing in The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri at the Hangar in Grahamstown on 7 July 2015, at the 2015 National Festival. The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri is a Wits Theatre Production directed by Gerard Bester (Photo: CuePix/Hlumela Mkabile)

William Harding is all over this Festival but not really out front. As a writer, he not only scripted the hugely successful Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof, but is also listed as the dramaturg for Tony Miyambo’s beautiful solo theatre piece, The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri, created by Miyambo and his director, Gerard Bester.

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