On the Fence - last chance of freedomWSOA - Wits School of Arts
Emerging theatre director Pusetso Thibedi is presenting his play, On the Fence, at the Wits Amphitheatre for the Drama for Life season from 24 to 28 July.
If ‘freedom is the oxygen of the soul’ (M. Dayan) then why have we as a nation stopped fighting for it?
Synopsis: A woman is forced to flee the country she has called home for so many years. We meet her at the Border of the “Old Country” (South Africa) and the “New Country” (a demarcated area for the conforming elite). The immigration offices are having difficulty allowing her into the new country. If she doesn’t get accepted, she will be forced to go back. What has led her to this particular point? What is it that she is running from? Where is she going?
As we piece the puzzles of her story together, we discover the harsh realities of a past best forgotten, a future long awaited and dreams unfulfilled. In a world where hope is on the brink of non-existence, poverty is an unwanted known reality seeking to be an inevitable future and promises forever remain what they are… promises. Can a ‘barren’ woman who is about to give birth to “tomorrow’s last chance at freedom” muster up the final strength to prove that everyone belongs somewhere? Can unplanned encounters really change one’s life? Can old scars help us heal new wounds?
If ‘freedom is the oxygen of the soul’ (M. Dayan) then why have we as a nation stopped fighting for it… If so many lives have died in search for today’s freedom, are we satisfied with what we have? On the Fence is a piece of my story, a moment in your story and a lifetime of our stories.
Pusetso Thibedi is an emerging theatre director with a passion for storytelling; for a young person who has been a player in the industry for a short period of time, Thibedi has worked hard to generate a name for himself: in his first year of directing at the University of the Witwatersrand, he received the Percy Tucker award for best director (2008), he was one of the recipients of the 2011 Emerging theatre directors bursary which is presented by the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, GIPCA and The Baxter Theatre Centre.
He is Janice Honeyman’s assistant director on Athol Fugard’s new play The Blue Iris which after a successful world premiere at the National Arts festival in Grahamstown is now running at the Fugard Theatre until 28 July and will be showing at the Market Theatre in August. On the Fence forms part of the 3rd DFL SA SEASON which runs from 16 – 28 July 2012 and promises an exciting line up of productions from interesting South African directors.
ON THE FENCE
Written and directed by Pusetso Thibedi
CAST: Altovise Lawrence, Cheraé Halley, Christopher Lesapo and Jeremiah Mntonga
VENUE: Wits Amphitheatre
PERFORMANCE DATES: 24, 26 and 28 July at 19:30; 25 and 27 July at 18:00
(There will be Q&A sessions after the show on Tuesday 24 July and Saturday 28 July)
Duration: 1 hr
For all enquiries please contact: Clara.Baumann@wits.ac.za / Caryn.Green@wits.ac.za or visit www.dramaforlife.co.za
011 717 1376
Drama for Life
Wits Theatre Complex, Braamfontein Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa