Vuyelwa Maluleke stars in new play

It feels like a great victory when I witness poets stretching their ability beyond words on stage or feature in theater productions.

Mpapa Simo Majola- Playwright and Poet explains how poets are breaking boundaries by mix­ing theater tech­niques, poetry and music to cre­ate a unique per­for­mance style. “The Funeral is a med­i­ta­tion on the changing and think­ing of traditions around death,” he said.

His one-man play speaks of a man who finds himself loitering in the afterlife trying to find his place, chased by shadows, voices and sounds, as he tries to communicate with the living to tell them where they had gone wrong in conducting his funeral

This masterpiece is co- written by Modise Sekgotle and Simo himself. Choreographed by Lerato Matolodi, performed by Mpapa Simo Majola and directed by Modise Sekgotle who is also no stranger to the spoken word community.

But these 2 spoken word artists are not the only poets making waves in­­­­­­­­­­­­­ the theater scenes. Vuyelwa Maluleke known to the poetry community as Vee, the other half of Purple Jupiter, stars in Eve Enslers latest offering; Emotional Creature, a collection of original monologues which chronicles stories inspired by girls around the globe.

Too often girls must struggle between remaining strong and true to themselves and conforming to society’s expectations in an attempt to please. Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, empower themselves, and follow their dreams.

Emotional Creature had its off-Broadway premier in the United States in 2012 but it’s South African rapper Cassper Nyovest’s song Doc Shebeleza in the opening act that helps to localise the production and remind the audience that the production is now in Mzansi.

This play forms part of the South African leg of V-Girls, a global movement of girl activists inspired by I Am an Emotional Creature. If you’re in Cape Town be sure to catch this jaw breaking show.

Written by the women who shattered taboos with THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, the production is set to run at the Baxter Theater from 6-16 August after a successful run in Johannesburg.

Tickets are only R75.


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