Multiple award-winning Magnet Theatre will present G7: Okwe-Bokhwe directed by Mandla Mbothwe and starring talented graduates of the fifth Magnet Theatre training programme.
G7: Okwe-Bokhwe (Like/Of a Goat) will be performed at Hiddingh Hall campus in June, followed by a run as part of the Main Programme at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda.
This powerful production is based on the historical records of the Gugulethu Seven, seven young members of Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) who were ambushed and heartlessly killed by the South African security forces on the morning of 3 March, 1986, during the anti-apartheid struggle years. The Gugulethu Seven memorial was built on the site of the ambush to commemorate the life and death of those activists.
Powerful active memorial
G7: Okwe-Bokhwe was originally devised by Mbothwe with the fifth cohort of trainees on Magnet’s Full Time Training and Job Creation Programme 2017/2018 and performed at the Gugulethu Memorial site. The Magnet Theatre trainees now return as graduates and third year interns to perform the production for the 2019 tour.
The production is a powerful active memorial that attempts to engage with a process of healing the pain of our collective past. The production is also regenerative, allowing the wounds of our history to be exposed, validated, and attended to. Drawing on the powerful language of the body, song and ritual G7: Okwe-Bokhwe honours the Gugulethu Seven and celebrates the power of theatre’s ability to heal.
“What is memory, what does it do and what happens when the past meets the present? Our job as storytellers is to explore these questions and interrupt the sense that there is nothing we can do,” says director Mandla Mbothwe. “As with this production, breaking out the forcibly archived stories should be at the centre of the journey to becoming a more human-faced nation.”
Cast and team
Directed by Mandla Mbothwe, with movement direction by Jennie Reznek and assistant direction by Zukisani Nongogo, design is by Linda Mandela Sejosingoe, choreography by Mzo Gasa, music by Babalwa Makwetu, lighting design by Themba Stewart with text and poetry created by the company and originally co-ordinated by Vuyokazi Ngemntu.
What: G7: Okwe-Bokhwe
Where and when: P4 Studio at Hiddingh Hall Campus in Orange Street, Gardens, 12 – 22 June 2019