Valencia is the Donald Trump of female constables, totally unapologetic in her campaign to reclaim Bellville from “Klein Somalia” and “make it great again”. Her greatest fear is that her community is becoming overrun with prostitutes and Boko Haram, curtain-wearing terrorists. She speaks the prejudices that many silently harbour with grotesque zeal and bombastic charisma.
Created by Faith Kinniar, Valencia is a one-woman satire that plunges a skewer into the heart of a bigot with verbal diarrhea. The play initially ran as a 20 minute version at the first KKNK Uitkampteater in 2016, for which Kinniar received the KykNet Fiesta award for Best Emerging Artist.
The roots of Valencia
Kinniar was born and grew up in Bellville South. She attended the University of Stellenbosch as a drama student. In her time at Stellenbosch she underwent a socio-political awakening which led her to seek out art forms that combine comedy with social commentary. In 2013 she specialised in cabaret under mentors Marthinus Basson and Grethe van der Merwe, who introduced her to the form and style of German kabarett, which is a form of cabaret more concerned with commentary than entertainment and was used to criticize the Nazi regime.
In 2014 she collaborated with poets Adrian van Wyk, Rimestein, Jethro Louw and the visual artists at Burning Museum on the project Manufractured, a commemorative performance/exhibition in honour of the return of the late Nat Nakasa’s remains to South Africa.
Her play Syria? debuted in 2016 at Artscape’s New Voices season, directed by Quanita Adams. It later received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in 2017.
Kinniar has also showcased her works at poetry platforms such as Inzync Poetry Sessions and Rioters in Session. Her work challenges prejudiced rhetoric such as xenophobia and Islamophobia.
Where and when: Alexander Bar from 28 January to 2 February 2019