Production highlights the plight of albinism

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Father and son duo, Arthur and Mpho Molepo. PHOTO: TWITTER

Pacofs will be showcasing a production called Mama, I want the black that you are, as part of commemorating National Disability Rights Awareness Month, which takes place annually between 3 November and 3 December.

The audience can expect interviews with people living with albinism. Matlakala, the main character, is a 15-year-old teenager living with albinism. Her mother, Anna, is a loving, caring woman and is married to Ike. Ike, a successful professional, is the step-father of our heroine. Two other characters, also with albinism, appear as Matlakala’s alter-egos.

They represent the conflict in Matlakala’s head. She is haunted by a life of abuse and the secrets she has had to keep from everyone, including her mother. The production is heartfelt, but also educational. One can sympathise and also be well informed about albinism.

The production is written and directed by Arthur Molepo and produced by Mpho Molepo. The Market Theatre is in partnership with Molepo Theatre Projects for this knowledgeable production.

Arthur Molepo is a well decorated South African actor, theatre personality, musician, writer, director and sculptor. He is best known for his role as Captain Malebana, on a SABC1 drama series titled Skeem Saam. He is the father of actor Mpho Molepo (best known as Fats on eTV’s Rhythm City).

The play will take place on 28-30 November 2019, at the André Huguenet Theatre at 19:00. Tickets cost R80, and are available at the Pacofs Booking offices.

Seithati Semenokane

seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za