Collab creates new reality

2016-10-04 06:00

The relationship between choice, fate and chance is shown in the independent and interdisciplinary theatre production Holy Contract.

The show, which tells the story of a man torn between life and death, will be performed at City Hall and the Guga S’Thebe Theatre in Langa this week as part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival.

Holy Contract is a collaboration between Urban-Think Tank, a multidisciplinary design and research team in Zürich, Switzerland, and Theatre4Change, a non-profit theatre group in Khayelitsha.

The play is set against the backdrop of South Africa’s contemporary, urban challenges. Inspired by the late poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, the performance tackles themes of social justice and identity politics. Dialogue switches between Xhosa and English as the protagonist faces tensions in a dream-like reality. His frustrations, ethical conflicts and sense of hope are illustrated.

The script was written during a series of workshops with the actors in Khayelitsha. Scott-Heron’s work, which often dwelt on parallels between racial oppression in the United States and South Africa, played a key role during the project’s inception, with the poetry inspiring new material.

The show will be at Guga S’Thebe Theatre today and Thursday at 18:00. It will also be on stage at Cape Town City Hall tomorrow at 20:00, on Friday at 18:00 and on Saturday at 16:00. Tickets are available at

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