I’m a young film/theatre-maker, storyteller, researcher, director and producer who is constantly in search of a new voice, a new angle or lens through which I can engage social issues that are relevant, informative, educational, fresh, entertaining yet pressing in weight to my generation.
I’m a young film/theatre-maker, storyteller, researcher, director and producer who is constantly in search of a new voice, a new angle or lens through which I can engage social issues that are relevant, informative, educational, fresh, entertaining yet pressing in weight to my generation. My central interest is in finding where theatre, storytelling, and television meet, and how one can use the medium to creatively speak back to the socio-political conditions of living in South Africa. Our nation’s relationship towards the past is a troubled one. Due to the apartheid, we have a minority (of white people) who live an economically privileged life and an under-privileged majority of blacks who are still struggling to receive a decent education. We front ourselves to the world as a ‘Rainbow national’ but truth be told – we are a wounded nation carrying a heavy load (apartheid) on its back. And it is only until we deal with this heavy load directly and openly that any meaningful dialogue between our racial, economical and social lines can translate into a new way or step forward.
I am interested in ideas or stories that deal with the past and how history affects and shapes us, today. Hence, my work is about inspiring a social dialogue on how as a country we have been affected by the legacy of apartheid. The inequalities we have inherited from the past have divided us among our diverse cultures, languages, and traditions but most importantly along the socio-economic and political lines which, among other things, have resulted in a high level of the uneducated and unemployed youth.
My current project:
Sizwe Banzi is Alive open its doors at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective from the 12th – 28th July, 2012. The play is devised, written, produced and directed by Eliot Moleba in collaboration with the cast; Masiza Mbali, Simpho Mathenjwa and Thato Cele. As part of the tour, the play will run performances and workshops at the local and township schools in Cape Town.
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots" - Marcus Garvey.
Sizwe Bansi is Alive is a new South African play about a story of a young man searching for his long lost and missing grandfather, and past. “Through a startling lack of props and a bare stage, the cast effectively captures its audience as they bring to life the beautiful and equally heartbreaking tale of so many families of this country” Erin-Dianne Richards. “Wiseman Langa, a young man, your brother, your peer, searching for his past, your past and what makes it even more prickly is that Wiseman’s presence digs your own scab and suddenly the wound of your lost past, is fresh and bleeding again. The Director’s words, Eliot Moleba, suddenly surface as a face in the mirror, staring at you confrontationally, when he said “our relationship towards the past is a troubled one. We front ourselves to the world as a “Rainbow Nation” but truth be told – we are a wounded nation…” Mlindelwa Mahlangu.
The work is by new, fresh and young artists responding to these inherited challenges from the past. We feel this dialogue is important and relevant to foreground especially within a creative space where we are able to reflect as young people on how our past has played a role in shaping our contemporary socio-politically subjective identities. “Sizwe Bansi is Alive was the perfect mix of comedy, drama and suspense, enough to make you forget you were in a little theatre in a formidable complex. Yet it stands apart with its simplicity and honesty, like a photograph of one man's life…” Nadia Pandit.
For more info about the show contact Eliot Moleba (078 357 7769)
(021) 447 3683