Hunger, nutrition and food insecurity take center stage in a theatre play
The complex dynamics of food insecurity, nutrition and hunger will play out on stage at the Market Theatre from 10 January in a new theatre production written by renowned South African playwright, Mike van Graan (When Swallows Cry), and directed by award-winning veteran TV actress, Pamela Nomvete.
Described by Van Graan as “a dark comedy about funerals, feeding and faking”, Another One’s Bread serves up the complexities associated with acquiring food and nutrition using humour, fact and the downright outrageous.
During its short Cape Town season in preparation for the Johannesburg run, audiences left “smiling” and “upbeat” from the experience of the production and “blown away” by the performances of the cast.
The play opens in the Mannie Manim Theatre on 10 January and runs nightly (other than Mondays) at 20:15 and at 15:15 on Sundays till 4 February 2018.
Commissioned by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE), the play explores various themes related to hunger in the context of the relationships between four women, (a retired teacher, an estate agent, a writer and an unemployed youth). What keeps these disparate women from Khayelitsha together is their membership of ‘The Substitutes’, a group of professional mourners, hired to provide mourning or mourning-related services at funerals.
The play takes its title from the Afrikaans expression “een man se dood is ‘n ander man se brood” (One person’s death is another person’s bread). “Like every other theme in South Africa, hunger intersects with a range of other issues – gender, class, apartheid’s spatial geographies, education and corporatisation of services to name but a few,” explains van Graan.
The play falls within the CoE’s Food Contestation thematic area of research which – through the Food Politics and Cultures, as well as the Symbols research projects – explores human relationships to food, the power dynamics around food production and access and the meanings that food acquires in particular cultural and social contexts.
CoE Director, Professor Julian May said: “The specific goal is to research the human, cultural, ethical and spiritual environment within which barriers and opportunities to the achievement of food security and nutrition take place. In particular, a goal of the project is to increase our understanding of the role played by gender, identity and power in the food system.”
The play features an all-women cast in Faniswa Yisa, Chuma Sopotela (recently announced as the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Performance Art), Motlatji Ditodi and Awethu Hleli, and technical crew with the lighting design by Puleng Mabuya, choreography by Jackie Manyaapelo, Linda Mandela is responsible for styling the show and Mokokobale Makgopa is the stage manager.
For further information and interviews please contact:
Lusanda Zokufa – Senior Publicist Market Theatre Foundation
011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867