When We Awake at the Baxter Masambe Theatre is the latest work by young playwright and Fleur du Cap Best New Director nominee, Nwabisa Plaatjie. The play makes its debut for a limited season, from 18 to 29 February 2020.
Plaatjie, who directs the powerful two-hander, performed by Nolufefe Ntshutshe (Mbuzeni, Silindile) and Sisipho Mbopa (Mbuezeni, Ityala lamawele), delves into the outcomes of the #menaretrash, #metoo, #aminext movements in recent years. As the horrific scourge of violence against women and children continue in this country and around the world, the timing of this seminal work could not be better planned.
The narrative deals with two sisters who are haunted by the loss of their older sister, Notea. They were told by their mother (apparently as it was relayed to her), that Notea had drowned in a pot of porridge. Their grandmother has told them a completely different story, however. But she was never honest about what exactly happened to their sibling. With two versions of the story, the sisters are confused, and each believes a different account of what really transpired.
The production was originally workshopped with award-winning actors Andrew Buckland (Endgame, The Inconvenience of Wings) and Mncedisi Shabangu (Tshepang, The Inconvenience of Wings) under the direction and conceptualisation of Plaatjie. It was further developed with Oarabile Ditsele and Sizwe Sandile Mnisi from The Baxter’s hugely successful The Fall-fame.
Plaatjie is a young theatre-maker who has fast established herself as a trailblazer in the industry. In 2018 she was nominated for the Fleur du Cap Best New Director award. In 2017, she was the first recipient of the Baxter Theatre Centre PlayLab Residency. Plaatjie also received the Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Directors’ bursary award which enabled her to stage Reimagining The Native Who Caused All the Trouble.
What: When We Awake at the Baxter
Where and when: Masambe Theatre at the Baxter from 18 to 29 February 2020