By the Tshwane University of Technology’s Drama and Film Department
Elektra – Zanele Mthombeni
Klytemnestra – Clarrisa Diedericks
Orestes – Lwando Mkhanyiswa
Chorus – Kagiso Hlabane, Epileng Matlhaku, Sabelo Mthethwa, Zusakhe Nqame
Director: Kopano Maema
Molora is Yael Farber’s adaptation of the Greek classical tragedy entitled The Oresteia into a South African context by using the narrative framework of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Directed by Kopano Maema, its directorial concept focuses on Elektra’s relationship with her mother (Klytemnestra), her brother (Orestes), her dead father (Agamemnon), her environment and the tragedies her broken family goes through.
Maema is interested in expressing his interpretation of Farber’s play through foregrounding the play’s key themes that raise questions about humanity, racial discrimination and reconciliation.
Stylistically, this theatrical offering by TUT’s Drama and Film Department seeks to immerse itself within the terrain of symbolism as characterised by its particular central metaphor and performance mode(s). As one can imagine, this theatrical offering’s directorial concept is also centred on its privileging of a highly physicalised performance vocabulary in expressing Molora’s textual nuances.