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A brand new play titled “Thandiwe Wa Bantu” explores problems with bullying among children in South Africa.
The play is at present displaying at Sibikwa Arts Centre, in Benoni, Ekurhuleni, till Thursday, October 14.
Conceptualised and directed by theatre-makers Smal Ndaba and Phyllis Klotz, “Thandiwe Wa Bantu” seeks to create consciousness and discover the realities of bullying in our faculties and communities.
The story centres round a 17-year-old lady who’s in grade 11, and as a result of monetary circumstances at house, is pushed to maneuver from a non-public college to a public college, making her weak in her new surroundings.
Her schoolmates make many derogatory statements towards her, reminiscent of “you’re too dark-skinned (mnyamane)”, “you suppose you’re higher”, “you’re a coconut”.
“Sibikwa has all the time completed issue-based theatre, and we recognised bullying as an epidemic in our society. And theatre is an efficient manner of elevating consciousness about the problem.
“As a end result, we’ve got tried to make use of rapping, hip hop and well-liked dances and methods that younger folks can resonate with throughout the play.
“The purpose was to have the viewers, notably younger folks, take part and interact within the play and suppose about the problem of bullying past the manufacturing,” explains Ndaba.
The audience for this play are pupils between the ages of 13 and 18 years (grades 7-12), who’re immediately and not directly impacted by the problem, and who comprise victims, instigators and witnesses.
“We focused this viewers as a result of we felt that the problem of bullying is extra prevalent on this age group, notably in faculties, but additionally as a result of inside this age bracket, bullying is extra violent, as we’ve seen with younger folks committing suicide because of bullying.
“What we hope to realize by this manufacturing is that audiences take part and in consequence open the channels of dialogue between academics and learners but additionally encourage faculties to implement insurance policies and create an surroundings that doesn’t enable bullying,” provides Klotz.
According to the duo, the message of the play is obvious and easy.
“Bullying occurs throughout the board. It has no face, it has no race.
“We need folks to contemplate their behaviour and its results on others,” mentioned the inventive administrators.
Tickets are Sibikwa Arts Centre for R40.