La Chair de ma Chair (Flesh of my Flesh) is a two-hander clowning performance by Buhle Ngaba and Klara van Wyk, directed and designed by Penelope Youngleson.
Between them they have been nominated for six Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards and won one; Ngaba has won two Kanna awards (and been nominated for one Naledi); and they, collectively, have three Standard Bank Ovation Awards, two Standard Bank Silver Ovation Awards and a Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award to their names.
Fashioned after the male-centric double acts of South Africa’s protest theatre trope, the production consciously self-references the palimpsests of these canons – including prominent productions like The Island and Woza Albert – to interrogate our local performance heritage and, in particular, its relationship to womxn as theatre activists and change-agents. There is also a tongue-in-cheek nod to the classic French work, Waiting for Godot, as we observe two South African clowns…in limbo. One black, one white. They are living in a future South Africa. One beyond time – as we are currently living it. In a dystopia of Women’s Day pink ribbons, fuchsia-glitter quicksand and the bloodied afterbirth of a new, New South Africa our clowns wait; while the outside world is in chaos – squabbling over fool’s gold at the end of a nation’s rainbow.
Klara van Wyk and Buhle Ngaba
Written and directed by Penny Youngleson