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“They milked my voice” – a line from Milked Voice that brought me to tears.
Last night’s opening of Milked Voice written and directed by Slindile Mthembu had the audience captivated from start to finish.
The production is at The Joburg Theatre from Wednesday, 9 August 2017 until Sunday, 13 August 2017. The production will then start a run at The Soweto Theatre from Wednesday, 16 August 2017 until Sunday, 20 August 2017.
The piece is written by an artist for artists. It’s a healing production which is a reflection of what an artist is going through internally and externally.
All the characters were going through a journey which spoke volumes. Being an artist myself, I continuously box my dreams away out of fear. Fear that no one will understand the passion I have for the arts.
It’s so easy being taken advantage of in this day and age. And “sometimes you like to marinate in being a victim”, says Lebo Borole who plays the Eloquent Woman after the production at the Q&A.
The Producer played by Vusi Msiza his character is conflicted by what he yearns for and what his mother wants him to be. This happens in everyday life: follow your dreams or follow the status quo?
The Saxophone Lady played by Juliana Madiba loves the sensual sounds of the saxophone where she can express her sexuality through dance yet struggles with being accepted and not ‘selling her soul’ for quick fame. She goes on to say “it’s been six months” and that is where it struck me. No matter how long it takes for artistic recognition in the industry you need to keep nurturing your talents.
For me, The Bass Player played by Kamogelo Nche resonated. He is followed by his Shadow, played by Sandile Mahlangu, which basically represents his fear, doubt and anxiety. The Shadow is something you create to feel comfortable in but once you get rid of the doubt and fear you can actually achieve the goals you set out.
So what I can take from this remarkable story is that even if you were told you don’t amount to anything you can stay true to your craft without selling your soul.
Don’t let your fear and doubt consume the very person you are meant to be. Never box your dreams away and leave it for dust.
You should go watch this play as you will not be disappointed. I recommend it.
Slindile Mthembu’s Milked Voice
09th August – 13th August, Joburg Theatre & 16th – 20thAugust, Soweto Theatre
This August, Mabu Art Foundation is honouring women’s month with their production called Milked Voice, written and directed by Slindile Mthembu. The production will be staged at The Joburg Theatre from Wednesday, 9 August 2017 until Sunday, 13 August 2017. The production will then start a run at The Soweto Theatre from Wednesday, 16 August 2017 until Sunday, 20 August 2017.
Milked Voice is an enchanting music sensation depicting an Eloquent Woman (Lebo Borole) who desperately needs to escape the challenges she faces as a young artist. Along her journey we meet a Saxophone Lady (Juliana Madiba), The Producer (Vusi Msiza), The Bass Player and his shadow (Kamogelo Nche and Sandile Mahlangu, respectively). All yearning to relive their dreams too. When all their worlds cross; do the missing puzzles of the characters dreams become fulfilled or not?
The production is an original South African piece of work with elements of jazz music. It is written and directed by Slindile Mthembu. Mthembu is a TUT BTech graduate who is currently studying towards her Masters in Theatre & Performance at Wits, making her the perfect candidate to write this ground-breaking original South African Theatre piece with elements of musical theatre. The music is composed by Michael ‘Riff’ Themba and Thembinkosi Mavimbela as music director. Matsemela Mogotlane is the production’s choreographer tasked with bringing exhilarating movement to the stage. Milked Voice was staged at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown last year where it managed to receive a Standard Bank Ovation Merit Award at the prestigious gala held at the festival.
In 2016, Milked Voice embarked on a school tour with the hopes of impacting scholars with the message that the piece carries. The tour proved to be very successful with many teachers and scholars agreeing that the production is unlike anything they’ve seen before and that the message of finding your voice and/or passion truly resonated with them. Mabu Art Foundation intends on continuing this tradition by visiting more schools throughout the remainder of the year.
This award winning original South African piece is sure to entertain audience members from different walks of life. The show is great for families looking for an amazing night out at the theatre. Lovers of Jazz music will enjoy the four-piece band that will accompany the live singing of the cast members. Milked Voice will provide audience members with a night of pure bliss coupled with eternal memories with friends and family.
The production will be performed at The Joburg Theatre from Wednesday, 9 August 2017 until Sunday, 13 August 2017 and will then move to Soweto Theatre from Wednesday, 16 August 2017 until Sunday, 20 August 2017. Tickets range from R70 – R100 and can be purchased at the respective theatre box offices, or from webtickets (www.webtickets.co.za) Individuals interested in knowing more can contact Joburg Theatre on 0861 670-670.
Vuselela at the Joburg Theatre Youth Development, Space.com
04th – 11th August
4 August 2017 was the official opening night where Wits alumni Bongiwe Mazibuko & Bongukwazi Xulu presented the production Vuselela (Revive) formally known as Vuselela Mta’ka Ma. The show runs from the 4 – 11 of August, 2017 at the Joburg Theatre Space.com.
This production was first staged in 2015 as Bongiwe Mazibuko’s directing exam in the 4th year Directors Festival at the Wits Downstairs theatre. It tells the story of a father who leaves his village in search of his daughter whom he had sent many years ago, to carry out a mission in the big city.
This interactive theatre piece from start to finish had me thinking and laughing. The facts around the play is quite alternative but which compliments the story line and I think that’s what the creators had in mind.
This women’s month, Joburg City Theatre’s Youth Development is excited to collaborate with a production by young upcoming theatre makers who are shaping their own narratives. Vuselela compels society self-reflect – Nondumiso Sithole, Joburg Theatres Youth Development Manager
After having completed their Drama degree, Vuselela producers Bongiwe Mazibuko & Bongukwazi Xulu who are co-owners of the new production company LOB’K Production have also jointly directed the piece. Majoring in Performance and Television Studies Bongukwazi directed a piece for the JOYA Festival (Joburg Youth Arts) 2016 titled The Magic Pot. The young black woman have both produced and directed the production.
These are some of the raging reviews received from Vuselela’s first staging in 2015:
“Vuselela Mta’ka Ma. This was the most beautiful piece of art ever… I love the talent that is being produced by the Wits School of Arts”
“I saw it last week too!!!! I’m still in awe!! It’s BILLIANT”
Vuselela draws its inspiration from African Oral Performances, Greek classics and makes use of the Brechtian approach to theatre. Extracts from W.E.B Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folks and Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like have been modified and adapted into the script. The play also makes use of newspaper articles around the Marikana massacre and Emmanuel Sithole’s xenophobic attack as spring board’s for the devising of scenes and reflecting the harsh reality of western influence that has interfered, dismantled and obviated the continental unity of Africans.
“As young black female theatre makers, Vuselela is only the beginning of the many artistic endeavors we intend to take on, that not only entertain but also awaken our consciousness. We are thankful to the Joburg Theatre for having afforded us the platform to launch.” – Bongiwe Mazibuko & Bongukwazi Xulu, LOB’K House of Tales Production Company.
My thought on this play basically speaks on Africans. We as South Africans know of Ubuntu yet conditioned by “Westernised” view points trying to break that bond we have. Vuselela is thought provoking to say the least thus the message is clear. Being black has become synonymous to violence but that’s not in our blood. That is not our inheritance from our forefathers. We were never trying to be superior to anyone. We were living in harmony amongst other tribes/ cultures. We are love. We are.
After its run at Joburg Theatre, Vuselela will also be showcasing at The Arts Alive Jozi book fair in September 2017.
Show running dates:
FRI-04-AUG-2017 19:00 Space.com at Joburg Theatre
SAT-05-AUG-2017 15:00 Space.com at Joburg Theatre
SUN-06-AUG-2017 15:00 Space.com at Joburg Theatre
TUE-08-AUG-2017 19:00 Space.com at Joburg Theatre
THU-10-AUG-2017 19:00 Space.com at Joburg Theatre
FRI-11-AUG-2017 19:00 Space.com at Joburg Theatre
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