It's not me
Theatre / B2 Arena

This production reflects on rays of pain and vengeance that we cannot escape, no matter how we try to move on from the past. Our past keeps up with us, and catches us when we least expect it.

 

Before 1994, South Africa was a blood bath, a theatre of anger and hatred between the oppressed and the oppressors. The police presented themselves as the moat that protected and defended apartheid and all its privileges. Sadly, some of the apartheid defenders were easy victims themselves to the freedom fighters.

 

It’s Not Me tells the story of a man who has fallen in love with the daughter of a former cop he killed, accusing him of being a “system” collaborator. What happens when old wounds are reopened?

 

When people are reflecting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, It’s Not Me, reminds us why the story of South Africa remains a latent boil.

Production Credits

Featuring

Xolani Ngesi

Mongezi Ncwadi

Director

Zwai Mgijima

Written by Zwai Mgijima, Xolani Ngesi and Mongezi Ncwadi

About the Artists

Zwai Mgijima is a South African actor, writer, director, and performing arts educator from Gqeberha. He began his career in 1990 under the guidance of Winston Ntshona and has acted in plays such as Waiting for Godot and Ubuntu in Scotland 1995. He also won the Performing Arts Network of South Africa's (PANSA) New Writing competition in 2012. Mgijima is a published author of Veil and Ghetto Goats. In 2004, he created and narrated the TV movie Troopship Tragedy, which follows his journey from a Xhosa Kingdom to European cemeteries to learn more about the sinking of the SS Mendi during World War I. He also features in Telanovelas and Feature films.

 

Xolani Ngesi co-wrote and played the lead role in Its Not Me which won the best of Ikhwezi Festival at the Baxter. Ngesi won the best actor, best director, and best script awards and was invited to the Musho Festival in 2009. In 2013 a workshop version of Buntu Maholas’ Cracked Mirror won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival.

 

Mongezi Ncwadi co-wrote and played a lead role in Its Not Me which won the best of Ikhwezi Festival at the Baxter. In 2013 a workshop version of Buntu Maholas’ Cracked Mirror which won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival.

  • Venue: B2 Arena
  • Location: Monument Building
  • Ticket price: ZAR 80.00
  • Programme type: Curated Programme
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 50 mins
  • Ages: 10+
    • Academic or Professional Content
    • Adult Themes
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