Madam President Evelyn
Theatre / Glennie Hall

Evelyn Peter, a domestic worker, is vying for the presidency in the upcoming 2024 elections. Makhanda is abuzz with anticipation: what changes might Evelyn bring if elected? This satirical, dance-infused ensemble play shines a spotlight on those who have long been overlooked, revealing their stories and struggles. Follow Evelyn's campaign as she champions Ubuntu, youth employment, free internet and  the professionalization of domestic work.

 

Drawing inspiration from Jacklyn Cock's seminal 1980 work, "Maids & Madams," which exposes the injustices faced by domestic workers, this production prompts the audience to reflect on South Africa's socio-political landscape. It celebrates the vital role of blue-collar workers, shedding light on their significance in our society.

 

As South Africa marks its 30th year of democracy and the 50th National Arts Festival, this play is not only timely but also a tribute to the mothers who have shaped our nation. From their roles in employers' homes, schools, and supermarkets to their unwavering dedication to creating nurturing environments for their own families, their contributions are central to the fabric of our society.

 

Production Credits

Production Team

Director - Thumamna Sibhozo

Chereographer - Likhaya Jack 

Executive Producer - Professor Julie Wells 

Cast

Evelyn Daniwe - Thabang Sebogodi 

Princess - Sinovuyo Gcule

Tiro - Iminathi Lukwe-Tambo

Tira - Lisa

Mavis - Noluthando Khumalo 

Nokrismesi - Indiphile Kolo

Young Evelyn & Cebokazi - Zenande Skere

Florence - Iminathi Bangushe 

Nomzamo - Emihle Menze 

Linda - Nakhane Kula 

Jessica - Lisa Jonono

Ester - Ayapha 

Nonhlupheko - Iminathi C 

Daluxolo #1 & Nyoka #2 - Luxolo Dala 

Bulumko #1 & #2 - Ayabulela Makasi 

Nyaniso #1 & Nkululeko #2 - Lithongo Makafe

Nyaniso #2 - Iviwe Mahote

Nyoka #1 & Daluxolo #2 - Lihlonele Marawu 

Nkululeko #1 & Daluxolo #2 - Asiphile Siko

Madam #1- Lunathi

Madam #2 - Entle Ngindana 

Madam #3 - Aqhama Goniwe 

Madam #4 - Lina Njovane 

Lip-otter - Onela 

 

About the Artists

Thumamna Sibhozo - Writer/Director 

Thumamna Sibhozo, a seasoned performer on stage, makes his debut as a playwright and director with an original piece. Widely recognized for his role as JJ in the critically acclaimed 2023 Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning production, "Pumla - Rest," Sibhozo now showcases his storytelling and directing skills with a 24-member cast in a classical South African satire. His aim is to foster empathy among audiences for domestic workers nationwide.

Sibhozo's previous credits include notable performances in productions such as "Mafungwashe" by Siya Javu and "The Weight of Waiting" by Hlumela Mpiti. He eagerly anticipates sharing this new play, expressing, "I am thrilled for the audience to experience this production—it's a piece that resonates with everyone."

Likhaya Jack - Chereographer 
Likhaya Jack is a professional pantsula dancer, who is currently freelancing and working for IAHU as a dance instructor. He started this unique style of dance when he was 13 and then transformed as a dancer by learning a variety of dance genres such as contemporary dance. He boldly blends his pantsula dance with contemporary to tell a story in purely visual terms. Likhaya first made a name for himself when he appeared on the Stambo Stomp AmaPanstsula competition on SABC in 2014. He has also won numerous awards with fusing history, dance and drama. Since then, he has travelled to the USA and Germany to demonstrate his art form at academic conferences. Over the years he has been a member of the Via Kasi Movers and Dlala Majimboz dance groups in Makhanda, regularly appearing in National Arts Festival performances as well as numerous other local events.

Prof J Wells - Executive Producer 
Julia Wells is Head of the Isikhumbuzo Applied History Unit (IAHU) at Rhodes University where she is an Associate Professor Emeritus in History. IAHU specialises in community history activities which use creative arts to help tell unrecorded stories from the past. Wells’s recent research interest lies in ways that uses of the past work towards positive change in society. She has published on the roles played by Public History practice in South Africa today.
Her most recent book, The Return of Makhanda, Exploring the Legend (2012), provides a revised analysis of the 1819 battle of Grahamstown. The content of this book informs much of IAHU’s community work in Grahamstown today. Further research and publishing on myths from the early colonial period are currently underway. 

Isikhumbuzo Applied History Unit
The Isikhumbuzo Applied History Unit is dedicated to finding innovative and effective ways to make relevant historical information available to the general public. It is based in the small city of Makhanda, formerly named Grahamstown. This places it at the centre of a region rich in history. As the home of the South African National Arts Festival, the local community is home to many artists of all types. The Unit is part of the History Department at Rhodes University. Since its start in 2016, the work of the Unit consists of nurturing collaborations between academic historians and artists to produce new forms of knowledge and understanding of the past. Since its inception, IAHU has participated in the implementation of grants from the National Research Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council, the International Federation for Public History and the ++/Rhodes University Research Committee.

 

  • Venue: Glennie Hall
  • Location: Victoria Primary School
  • Ticket price: ZAR 60.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 55 min
  • Ages: ALL AGES
    • Suitable for All Ages
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