Director: Mandla Mbothwe
Choreographer: Mzo Gasa
Music Composed By: Babalwa Makwetu
Featured Artists: Abigail Mei, Luxolo Mboso, Siyavuya Gqumehlo, Sivenathi Macibela, Sizwe Lubengu, Sityhilelo Makupula, Carlo Daniels and Yvonne Msebenzi
Company: Magnet Theatre
Movement Director: Jennie Reznek
Design: Linda Mandela Sejosingoe
Assistant Director: Zukisani Nongogo
Lighting Design: Themba Stewart
Text & poetry: Created by the company and co-ordinated by Vuyokazi Ngemntu
Photographs: Mark Wessels (Seven Bang media)
Production Manager: Themba Stewart
This play is an active memorial; one that brings into focus an important corner of our history that is little known
Magnet Theatre’s G7: Okwe-Bokhwe (like/of a goat) is set in the emotional and tension-filled environment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing. Here is where horrific truths of the apartheid government’s dealings are laid bare. Retold in gruesome detail, the families and friends of deceased activists are forced to relive and bear witness to the circumstances that led to the deaths of their brothers, sisters, parents and children.
Through the story of the murdered Umkhonto we Sizwe members who were betrayed by security forces in 1986 known historically as the Gugulethu Seven, G7: Okwe-Bokhwe is about South Africa’s difficult past and its now widely considered failed attempt at reconciliation. The production is both healing and regenerative, allowing the wounds of our history to be exposed, attended to and validated. Drawing on the powerful language of the body, song and ritual, Magnet Theatre’s production celebrates the power of story and in the telling, its ability to heal.
In G7: Okwe Bokhwe, Artistic Director Mandla Mbothwe has created a powerful mourning play, an attempt to honour, commemorate and remember the ultimate sacrifice made by the Gugulethu Seven. “Retelling these archived stories is part of the journey to becoming what Bantu Biko calls, a more human-faced nation.” – Mandla Mbothwe
Magnet Theatre is an independent South African physical theatre company based in Cape Town that aims to create African theatre that engages with our present condition in South Africa.
Photos: Mark Wessels