Director: Monageng Vice Motshabi
Writers: Monageng Vice Motshabi and Omphile Molusi
Lighting Designer: Thapelo Mokgosi
Set Designer: Thando Lobese
Choreographer: Lulu Mlangeni
Musician: Volley Nchabeleng
In the future land of Pelodikgadile, it is forbidden to remember anything that happened before the new state was formed. And most recently it has become illegal to hold onto thoughts of displeasure or to remember any injustice or discomfort. The voices of those who used to fight for land and truth and rights have been muted and, using a new invention called ‘the joy machine’, people’s memories are kept in check. The warriors of yesterday are mere shadows of themselves. Holding the much lauded peacemaker pose, they don’t scratch when they itch. Grinning and drooling childishly, they await instructions and do as they are told.
Xhoi, our beloved hero, is among them. Having forgotten who he used to be and what his mission was, he sleepwalks through life and basks in the much extolled virtues of a past-less joy. Will the power of the ancient Ankobia and heroes of the people help fill the holes in his memory? What will it take to release him from his new bonds? How will he reconnect to his purpose and mission? And will he turn his back on his new reality and help restore his people’s dignity and pride?
Ankobia is a journey into a future world where the memory of the violence, crime and brutality of colonialism, slavery and apartheid is forbidden. Citizens walk around dazed, in a perpetual state of government sanctioned amnesia, teeth sparkling and frozen in mirthless smiles, unable to connect even the injustice of the past five minutes to the present moment. Beyond the rainbowed walls of this happy nation, a fiery war is being fought and it threatens to awaken the land of Pelodikgadile from its bitter sweet slumber.