Play gives youth a voice

2016-08-10 06:00
A PHOTO from the production Pharmakon.

A PHOTO from the production Pharmakon.

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AN intriguing play, Pharmakon, will be shown over three days on the University of the Free State’s main campus in Bloemfontein. Pharmakon is a workshopped production inspired by the tragic tale of a fanatical mother who killed her children to save them from a world without certainty.

In various vignettes, they explore the contemporary South Africa of a new generation.

A generation who have inherited broken ideals, blind values, impotent power-struggles and a protest culture where young minds, trapped and silenced, see public demonstrations as the only way to have their voices heard.

Imagine your mother is combing your hair. With every stroke of the brush, a lesson is learned, a truth is told and an idea is rooted. As she pulls the comb through your locks, she shapes your thoughts, she doctors your beliefs and she nurtures your values. Be calm and still your impressionable young mind. Allow the warm flow of the rake to organise your perception of the world. Permit her to pour a sweet medicine into thine ear. For, after all, “pharmakon” is the Greek word for both cure and poison.

After a volatile year of university life, seven students battle with issues of indoctrination, identity and equality.

This play can be watched live in the Scaena Theatre on the UFS main campus from 17 to 19 August. The show will start at 19:00 during the three days. Tickets are available at Computicket, costing R40 for adults, R30 for students and learners and R25 for pensioners. To book at Computicket, call 0861-915-8000.

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