TV review – Sticks and Stones: This is a man's world

2014-08-27 18:45

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Sticks and Stones has, in the few weeks since it premiered on our screens, become the third most-watched drama series on SABC1.

When the channel launched a bunch of new shows last month, it came up with the slogan “bheka mina ngedwa” (watch only me) – and it’s working.

Much like creator Thandi Brewer’s previous work, End Game, Sticks and Stones is a political thriller with a strong female lead.

It tells the story of Palesa, played by Talitha Ndima, who gets fired from her construction job because she’s a woman.

Determined to succeed, she approaches the head of the company, Thabo Mogale, played by Treasure Nkosi (formally Tshabalala), who is impressed with her and gives her a second chance.

Mogale’s lazy and spiteful son Lwazi, played by Litha Booi, is incensed and he and Palesa clash head-on.

Discriminatory practices at the construction company are the order of the day, yet they do not stand in Palesa’s way – all she wants is to succeed, prove herself to her detractors and ultimately provide for her grandmother and sister who live in a shack and are desperately trying to make ends meet.

Living in a poor black community is harsh and comes with issues like shack fires, shattered dreams, loan sharks, small-time crooks and crime as a means of survival. All this is tackled in Sticks and Stones.

The series manages to get viewers hooked without relying on tricks and glamour.

Will it win awards? We certainly hope so.

Even if it does not, you can’t take away from its gripping social message, nor from the intrigue of the show.

Viewers clearly identify with the story line, and that should be enough to carry this authentic viewing experience through.

Sticks and Stones is on SABC1, Wednesdays, 8.30pm

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