The Storyteller of Riverlea explores renowned South African author Chris Van Wyk's influences as a poet, as political activist and writer, his family life and his battle with cancer. The Market Theatre production is a homage to his humor, political values and storytelling abilities, all of which has touched the lives of everyone who has read his works.
Van Wyk grew up in the Coloured suburb of Riverlea, south of Johannesburg, a community he was later to bring lovingly to life in Shirley, Goodness and Mercy (2004) and Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch (2010). He adapted Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom into a book for young readers and wrote a series of short biographies of liberation struggle figures for schoolchildren. A Message in the Wind, published in 1982, won the Maskew Miller Longman Award for Children’s Literature. His memoirs pay extensive tribute to the strong and resourceful women in his family and community, particularly his mother (the “Shirley” of the title) and grandmother.
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Van Wyk pulled no punches when it came to be castigating racial and social injustice. His writing gave an insight to the creative spirit at its most generous, capacious and exuberant.
His humor spoke of: a capacity for resilience and an irrepressible appetite for life, even in complex circumstances.
Van Wyk the Storyteller of Riverlea is directed by Christo Davids who recently wrote and directed the award-winning play My Seuns at the 2018 Aardklop Festival for which the production won Best Production, Best Director, Ground-breaking new work, Best Script and Best Supporting Actor.
Zane and Chris have collaborated on a one-man play about Chris’ childhood friend William Smith, entitled Smith 4113 after the prison number Smith was assigned while being detained for political activities in the 70's. Zane performed this production at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 1986.
Zane and Christo both played Chris Van Wyk in Janice Honeyman's 2008 adaptation of Shirley, Goodness and Mercy which performed to full houses at the Market Theatre. This is the 5th time that they will be working together on stage in a partnership that spans over 12 years.
Much of Chris van Wyk may be viewed as an enactment of what Njabulo Ndebele called “the rediscovery of the ordinary”. In the ordinariness of life, he found his inspiration; but his imagination and craftsmanship transformed it into something extraordinary, even magical. “Writing a memoir,” he explains in Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch, “is a little like travelling into your own past. Unlike science fiction, you can’t change the past. But, like science fiction, it does have its own magic.”
The production will be staged in the Mannie Manim Theatre from 25 January – 24 February 2019.
Written by Zane Meas
Directed by Christo Davids
Lighting Designer Thapelo Mokgosi
Set Designer Christo Davids
Costume Designer Nthabiseng Mokone
Stage Manager Bongani Motsepe
Duration: 60 minutes
Age Recommendation 10 years
Season: 25 January – 24 February 2018
Venue: Mannie Manim
Performance times: Tuesday – Saturday @20h15 and Sunday @15h15
Ticket prices: Tuesday – Sunday R90.00 - R150.00
Student Prices: R70.00
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The struggle whilst noble in itself is wracked by personalities, tensions, competitions and inner fights that dissipate its energies and causes it to become victim to parochialism and lose focus. It further shudders and shakes itself to competing pieces that are vitriolic and combative as opposed to complementary and this takes one back to the writings of Willie Lynch in his works “The Making of a Slave”. In it he asserts that the division and control of slaves is brought about by colour and breeding within which the woman or mother plays a central role in imprinting the young slave into submissiveness and fear of the slavemaster whilst being aggressive and domineering to other slaves. And this is further articulated by Frantz Fanon in his work “Black Skins White Masks” as well as in the “Wretched of the Earth”.
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