NO EASTER SUNDAY FOR QUEERS
Featured Artists: Koleka Putuma
Company: 2019 Distell Playwrighting Award
Written by: Koleka Putuma
Directed by: Mwenya Kabwe
Set & Costume: Noluthando Lobese
Chorus Director: Nhlanhla Mahlangu
MoMo Matsunyane, Tshego Khutsoane, Lunga Radebe
Koleka Putuma is one of those black women who have been claiming their spaces on this earth – and her play does nothing less than that.’ – National Arts Festival Associate Producer, Nobesuthu Rayi
No Easter Sunday for Queers follows the love story and hate crime of Napo and Mimi. Set in the past, present and over the course of a Easter Sunday sermon, the play takes the audience through a series of events that expose how religion, religious upbringing and communities play a role in instigating hate crimes. This brand-new play by award-winning poet and theatre maker Koleka Putuma is the story of two womxn who love each other — and the response of society to that love.
Koleka Putuma is the inaugural winner of the Distell National Playwright Competition, which is aimed at discovering emerging South African talent and fostering new South African voices. After being selected by a panel of judges as the winner, the play was put into production to be presented as part of the Main programme at this year’s National Arts Festival. Putuma is best known as a poet, whose powerful debut poetry collection Collective Amnesia was named Book of the Year by City Press in 2017.