Grahamstown, a subdued little town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, is where the home of the National Arts Festival is.
If the saying ‘home is home and there is nothing like home’ proves to be true, then that is where Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana are heading to introduce Hayani, their real life drama reflecting on the meaning of ‘home’ in the context of South Africa since its transition from an apartheid state to a so-called democratic nation.
Hayani, meaning home in Venda language, explores the stories of two young South African males who both take journeys back home.
Along their journey they recollect their memories, painful, awkward and funny, of childhoods and teen years past, in an honest and enriching tale, understanding who they finally are, and what it really means to be a South African.
Where is your true home? How do you find it? How do you keep from leaving it?
These are some of the questions Hayani – directed by Warren Nebe and presented by Drama for Life Company Laboratory – will reply to you if you will be in Grahamstown on 8-9 July 2013.
If you do miss it there and want to die, you will be given another shot to live and see it in Cape Town at the Baxter Theatre on 8-31 August, and finally at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg on 18 September-27th October.
See you soon in Grahamstown!
Photo: Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana on stage for Hayani