By the Market Theatre Laboratory
Cast: Vusi Nkwenkwezi, Boikobo Masibi, Darlington Khoza, Pereko Makgothi, Khanyiswa Mazwi, Mthokozisi Dhludhlu
Directors: Tumeka Matintela and Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi
Writers: Ncumisa Ndimeni and Nosipho Buthelezi
Love, lust, beliefs and perceptions, emotion and devotion, religion and culture all come crashing together in the Market Theatre Laboratory production of Pop iCherri. This devised play explores themes surrounding virginity – what does it mean to be a virgin, is it real, where can one find this thing called virginity, and how on earth do you lose it? Virginity is a loaded word and a heavy subject because it carries so much weight in various ways through all factions of society. Women have been stoned over it, scholarships have been awarded for it, big bucks have been paid to take it, and boys have become men because of it. What’s all the fuss?
“Pop, lick, squish, ouch, yeees, no, sho, too big, yikes, yuck, what’s that, I never expected it”. There’s a first time for everything, but this one matters the most.
This original piece of theatre has been devised by a talented group of twelve theatre-makers who also happen to be second year students at the Market Theatre Laboratory. The writing team consists of Ncumisa Ndimeni and Nosipho Buthelezi, and the directors are Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi and Tumeka Matintela.