Ankobia awakens the memory of violence

Standard Bank Young Artist Monageng Vice Motshabi’s play Ankobia could not be staged at a more relevant time when South Africans are engaging with the memory of the violence, crime and brutality of colonialism.

Set in a futuristic land of Pelodikgadile where it is forbidden to remember anything that happened before the new state was formed, Motshabi’s new play is a political allegory where the warriors of yesterday are shadows of themselves. Citizens walk around dazed in a perpetual state of government sanctioned amnesia. Their teeth sparkle but they are frozen in a mirthless smile.

They are unable to connect even the injustice of the past five minutes to the present moment. Beyond the confines of this happy nation a fiery war is being fought and it threatens to awaken the land of Pelodikgadile from its sweet slumber.

It is here where the hero, Xhoi, is among them. Having forgotten who he used to be and what his mission was, he sleepwalks through life and basks in the illusion of joy until from the hills emerge those whose memories are untouched. Ankobia is an exploration of this world where the memory of the violence, crime and brutality of colonialism is forbidden. The story is told through music and choreography and performed by a vibrant young cast gathered by Motshabi.

Motshabi has co-written Ankobia with Omphile Molusi, winner of the 2007 Brett Goldin Bursary which gave him a UK stint at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Among Omphile’ s credits are the internationally acclaimed plays Itsoseng and Cadre. Both Motshabi and Molusi are alumni of the Market Theatre Laboratory.

Productions at the Market Theatre are presented with the generous support of the Ford Foundation

Co-writers:                                        Monageng Vice Motshabi & Omphile Molusi
Director:                                            Monageng Vice Motshabi
Lighting Design:                              Thapelo Mokgosi
Set Design:                                       Thando Lobese
AV Design:                                       Jurgen Meekel
Costume Designers:                       Lerato Motaung and Gugu Phala
Choreographer:                               Teresa Phuti
Musician:                                          Volley Nchabeleng
Stage Manager:                               Thulani Mngomezulu

Katlego Letsholonyana as Xhoi
Alfred Motlhapi as Chuchu
Billy Langa as Ancestor and Child
Lillian Tshabalala as Victoria
Momo Matsunyane as Kamma
Omphile Molusi as Guard

Market Theatre Season:                  21 July – 13 August 2017
Venue:                                                Mannie Manim @The Market Theatre
Age Recommendation:                   12 years +
Duration:                                            1 h 30 minutes
Interval:                                              No interval
Show times:                                      Tuesdays to Saturdays @ 20h15 and Sunday @15h15

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203.

Ticket Prices:
Student Price: R70.00
Tuesday – Thursday: R 90.00
Friday – Sunday: R 150.00

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