Maema expressed his interpretation of Farber’s play through foregrounding the
play’s key themes that raise questions about humanity, racial discrimination and
The rest of the cast included Zanele Mthombeni (Elektra), Clarrisa Diedericks
(Klytemnestra), Bongani Thwala (Orestes), and chorus members Kagiso Hlabane,
Epileng Matlhaku, Sabelo Mthethwa and Zusakhe Nqame.
This production of Molora uses physical theatre, song, ritual and textual
nuances to portray the essence and the world of the play.
The following alumni, who are all enrolled for M Tech studies at the
Department, also won Standing Ovation Awards: Princess Mhlongo and the Plat4orm
for directing Samthing Soweto (also the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist of the
Year for Theatre); Calvin Ratladi for Silent Scars (also a Zabalaza Festival
2017 award winner) and Mariska Dennyschen, writer and director of Human Pieces
II (also a winner of the 2015 Best Student Director Award at the Festival).
A proud Dr Janine Lewis, senior lecturer at the Department, says artistic
innovation, excellence, the exploration of new performance styles and the
courage to open new conversation through the arts, underpin the motivation for
the winners of the Standard Bank Ovation Award.
"This is a great feat, considering that the Festival is an important event on
the South African cultural calendar and the biggest annual celebration of the
arts on the African continent, offering more than 600 shows – from opera,
cabaret, drama and jazz, to stand-up comedy and folk music.”
The Grahamstown National Arts Festival is organised by the Grahamstown
Foundation and attracts over 50 000 people each year. It is South Africa’s
biggest arts and culture festival to date.
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