Zoe’s play based on wounds of the past

2018-09-27 06:01
Aviwe Nose, Aya Cekiso and Asa Maliti acting in the No Christmas for Us production.

Aviwe Nose, Aya Cekiso and Asa Maliti acting in the No Christmas for Us production.

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History was recently brought to life at Stellenbosch University with the restaging of the play “No Christmas for US”, by Nokuzola Zoe Bikwana.

Bikwana is an English teacher from Nyanga whose entry won in the script writing category run by Imbewu back in 2016.

The script was then adapted into a theatrical production and was featured in the Zabalaza Theatre Festival that same year. The festival provides theatre practitioners with a performance platform for them to realise their creative concepts.

“The play was inspired by my history honours thesis. As a historian, I believe that history as a narrative should be accessible to everyone and not only limited to academics, this is then what inspired the writing of the script,” explained Bikwana.

The play is set in 1976 during the year of the student uprising. Bikwana takes us through the events that took place in Nyanga in December of 1976.

“We often hear and read about the stories of the events that took place in Soweto, however there are many untold stories of the experiences of black people in other communities who were also part of the struggle.

This play seeks to remind us of our painful past in the hopes that we can understand the present,” said Bikwana.

The theme of the play revolves around the boycott of Christmas and tells the story of the freedom fighters that were exiled who could not enjoy or celebrate Christmas with their families and comrades back home.

“From this play I want people to learn that no narrative is unimportant, all our histories are equally important and they should have a voice and some space to be told and engaged with,” she said.

Director Tsepo Ya Rona, said directing the play was an eye opening opportunity for him and believes he gave it his own interpretation and added a new meaning and understanding to the historical events.

“There are still a lot of hidden wounds, resulting in the violence we see today.”

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