Can Themba’s Truth on stage

I still believe it takes a pretty damn good performer, playwright and director to deliver a performance that keeps the audience intrigued in their production.

The House of Truth is one such production that sees South African giant Sello Maake kaNcube depict the life of writer, Can Themba.

Based in his Sophiatown apartment, the play tells tales of a man who placed the duty of telling the black man’s truth through his work.

Education was key to him in a world that sought to empower some and cripple the rest.

The man knew who he was and what he stood for though the past laws of apartheid would not let him share his knowledge the way he seeked.

Denied the title of being called a qualified teacher, he found his form of relevance as a writer and assistant editor at Drum magazine, politicians too took notice of his influence in the community but he believed his blackness did not mean he shared the same ideologies with political parties, having a political view and being a politician weren’t the same thing.

The teaming up of Sello Maake kaNcube, Simphiwo Mahala and Vanessa Cooke produced a play that says stories of our fallen heroes are still relevant to an audience that’s either lived through those times as well as an audience that came after what we term our struggle for freedom.

We are taken through a journey of how Themba’s material was conceptualised and how he dealt with all the frustrations that came with being a black person in corporate and social South Africa where alcohol and writing became his outlets.

It is stories like these that remind us how far we’ve come as a nation and how far we’re yet to go.

Bottoms up, The House Of Truth is well worth your time!