New play spotlights protesting

Mbuyiselo Nqodi, Kabi Thulo, Boitumelo Mohutshioa, Tseko Thukani, Mlungisi Tshobeka and Lesedi Manenye.

A new play, Itoyi-Toyi: a Story of a Dance That Got Tired, inspired by the Fees Must Fall movement, is set to not only make people think but entertain them as well. The musical production is directed and choreographed by local talent, Godfrey Manenye, and includes former Generations star, Tshireletso Nkoane.

According to Manenye, the play is commentary on civil issues that have plagued South African society over the past few decades by transforming the toyi-toyi dance into a person who can feel and observe. “What if toyi-toyi was a person who felt tired of being used? They have been used during apartheid as well as now in the democratic era where they run the streets all the time,” he expressed.

The production, which will open on 29 January 2020, calls for more thought about changing the way civil protests take place in the country. “Maybe it’s time that we don’t take to the streets. Maybe it’s time that we find alternatives and engage in the political agenda where it happens in the buildings and boardrooms,” said Manenye.
“This would be better than burning our own schools and destroying our own roads,” he added.

Itoyi-Toyi a Story of a Dance That Got Tired will run have a three-day run at the Bloemfontein Civic Theatre. “We plan to have an exhibition show as a teaser for the musical at Waaihoek Church. We will also have one performance in Botshabelo, which has been heavily affected by protests. Hopefully we will help to sensitise the people on issues of the destructive aspects of protest,” explained Manenye.

The show will run from 29 to 31 January 2020 with music composed by Andile Qongqo and dances choreographed by Bongani Zulu. Tickets can be bought at R30 at the door or from Godfrey at 081 577 1689.

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