Baxter artist-in-residence Mdu Kweyama is staging Reza de Wet’s Missing at the Baxter until October 24. The show is being staged at the Baxter Golden Arrow at 7 pm.
The play has been adapted from the original, Mis, and translated by Stephen Stead into English, under the title Reza de Wet’s Missing. The season has been made possible through the support of the Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation, Arts and Culture Trust and the US Woordfees.
The play stars Faniswa Yisa (Born in the RSA, Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking, Voices Made Night), Clyde Berning (Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, Mass Appeal), Daneel van der Walt (Long Street Nights, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dalliances) and Sonia Buqwana (Amaza, Bash or Be or Be Bashed, Xhokaans).
The young director takes the play out of its better-known Afrikaans idiom and places it into a universal realm as Kweyama brings more physicality to her poetic writing. The magical-realist play about a young daughter’s escape from her dysfunctional rural family brings women who are trapped and scared into the spotlight. How far will their fear take them?
Kweyama graduated with a Performance Diploma in theatre in 2004, an Honours Degree in directing and education in 2012 and last year he completed his Master’s degree in directing – all from the University of Cape Town Drama Department. Before that, he trained as a contemporary dancer at Jazzart Dance Theatre.
Over the last 10 years, he has gained extensive experience in theatre and dance, performing in a wide range of work that includes MacBeth, Hamlet, Verkeer, Altyd Jonker, Karoo Moose and Onnest’Bo. In 2004 he was awarded the Best Student in Movement Recognition at UCT and in 2006 he was nominated for the best newcomer in dance and acting at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK). In 2007 he started working in television, performing in Shooting Stars, Stokvel and Montana and then in 2008 he received Naledi awards for best actor in a lead role and best original choreography for Karoo Moose.
In 2013 he won the best director award at the Setkani Festival in the Czech Republic for his adaptation of Mike Van Graan’s Brothers in Blood and last year he directed Mike Van Graan’s Return of the Ancestors for the National Arts Festival, the Vryfees in Bloemfontein and at Artscape.
Reza de Wet’s Missing has an age restriction of 13 years. Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet and tickets are R100 per production.