Running in the Playhouse Opera Theatre at 7 pm from July 21 to 24 is In My Own Voice, a compelling story of hope, courage and victory, despite the challenges of HIV/Aids.
Long-term Aids survivor and activist, Musa Njoko, has crafted an original musical theatre production which chronicles her astonishing life, sharing her triumphs and challenging personal journey as one of the country’s earliest AIDS activists.
Directed by Edmund Mhlongo and choreographed by Delani Khumalo and Thami Njoko, In My Own Voice features a cast of 16 performers with a five-piece band under the musical direction of Wanda Kwela.
In creating her ground-breaking new work, Musa Njoko has sought to give expression to the faith that sustained her through her darkest times of feeling abandoned by those around her as she struggled to come to terms with her perilously deteriorating health during the early days of the AIDS pandemic.
“We live in a world dominated by fear, mistrust and societal fragmentation, where our families are damaged by the hurt of abandonment, unkindness and cruelty,” says Njoko.
“We need to build and nurture a conducive environment in which we can all share our past with each other, and heal our hurt through communicating truthfully and learning to understand each other, and by learning to love each other.”
Tickets R120 (pensioners and students R60) at Computicket.
In My Own Voice is being staged as part of the AIDS2016 global conference in Durban.