OUR STORY: A MUST-SEE FOR ALL SOUTH AFRICANS
By: Sivuyile Majikijela
Following 21 years of a promise for a better tomorrow, the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) Drama and Performance Studies Department told the nation’s story in a play titled Our Story.
Director Nellie Ngcongo, described the play as a series of workshopped episodes that looks at issues important to the South African youth today.
“We want to reveal what our country has turned into after the promises that were made to us,” said Ngcongo.
The play highlights issues in contemporary South Africa by using spoken word, dance and comedy. Our story, a thought provoking one act production, looks at challenges facing the South African youth post-apartheid. The series of episodes address issues such as unemployment, service delivery and education.
With the scenes of the play shifting from one social challenge to another, the cast changed into characters resembling everyday people facing everyday challenges.
Ngcongo added that what makes the play unique is that it gave the cast the opportunity to have an input on the play. The cast came up with ideas in which the reasearchers had to work and research on.
First year Drama and Performance Studies student, Sabatha Ngcobo who worked together with Teakshania Chetty as reasearchers, said that it was an eye opener for him to work with the team and tell real life stories happening today.
“The play is trying to tell people that we should stop the whining and start doing things for ourselves. I think that ignorance is the biggest ‘disease’ that the youth is suffering from.
We can change the living conditions we’re living under,” Ngcobo said.
Khethiwe Mzobe, second year student said, “This play taught me how to be versatile, I had the opportunity to be anyone and everyone I wanted to be.”
Cebo Fakazi, also second year student, said that the play taught them to work together because everyone came with an idea but had to incorporate it to fit in with the rest of the ideas from other team members.
“With the amount of energy we have invested in this play, I believe that a lot of people will and can relate it. And everyone will learn something about our country; people should do less complaining and start doing,” Fakazi commented.