Heart-warming song and dance

2012-11-15 00:00


In Blood

Playhouse Drama Theatre


THOSE of us who watched the Paralympics were awed by the achievements of the world’s and this country’s disabled men and women. Last Friday, I found myself experiencing a similar sense of pride as I watched African Sinakho Arts’s heart-warming production, In Blood.

A cast of 80 performers, some 60 of whom have disabilities, ranging from physical limitations requiring the use of wheelchairs and crutches to blindness, take part in the show. Sitting in the stalls, you soon forget that they have challenges, which none of us can imagine.

Nkulukeo Duma is a charming narrator, and singers — Thandi Gcwensa, Makhathini Lindiwe, Mabaso Bonakele and Boniface Khumalo — have voices which soar to the heavens. The band is superb and the dancing had my feet itching to join in.

Written and directed by Bukelwa Cakata, conceptualised and co-produced by Ndileka Santi, the production uses music, dance and poetry to stress that beneath the skin our blood is all the same, and that we should, therefore, be tolerant of each other — regardless of race, sexual orientation or religion.

The cast also stresses that the disabled and those infected and affected by HIV/Aids are no different from those of us lucky enough not to have these challenges. Listening to the young, school-going audience’s reaction to their performance, it’s clear that their message got through loud and clear.

• In Blood is at the Playhouse Drama Theatre until November 18. Tickets range from R80 to R120 (R40 for group bookings) at Computicket. Performances are at 7 pm tonight, 2 pm tomorrow, 7 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday.

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