Ashes to Ashes

Spoken Word / Amazwi Auditorium

At the heart of this poem is the often neglected person caught in domestic violence – the child.
It weaves through the thoughts and feelings of the child during and after the incident. The aim of the project is to highlight the impact domestic violence has on children, as well as to explore the role it plays in further breaking our society. While the subject is hard, this work emphasises that the experiences of a mother aren’t necessarily those of a daughter.


Director and Writer: Jennifer Ndlovu
Choreographer: Sinoxolo Botha
Music Composer: Siphiwo Solomon
Cast: Anga Ndokweni, Siphiwo Solomon, Jennfer Ndlovu, Zusakhe Zide, Marc Ekptini, Luphumlo Batyi


Nobesuthu – Mandlovu is a multidimensional woman who embodies the traditions of her clan. She was born and raised in a township called Walmer in Gqebera, Eastern Cape. Through the mediums of poetry, writing, singing, dancing, and public speaking, she conveys African stories.

During her High School years, she developed ties with a teenage theatre company named Siyakhuthaza Youth drama. That’s where she discovered traces of her calling. She performed theatrical productions and musical pieces at the Makhanda festival stages, Mandela Bay Arts Festival, and Women in Arts Manyano courtesy of the Mandela bay theatre Complex and often blesses the stages reciting for the National Library.

She recently won amongst other Eastern Cape talented Poets in a Production called Umyalezo Poetry Project courtesy of Poetic Soul love house. Among her dreams aligned with Art, she is now a Radio Personality for Ekse Community Radio in an Afternoon drive, a Public speaker, and MC.

The hands and training of, Nomhle Nkonyeni, Lelethu Poetic Soul Mahambehlala, and Thembisile Ndlovu solidified her enthusiasm and inspiration.

She plans to use art as a strategy for making a good difference in the community. She teaches local teenagers about the value of reading and being in touch with your art. As she strongly thinks art is a means for God to communicate with his people.

Artists play a critical role in bringing vitality to a world that has lost touch with its core values: love and peace.

  • Venue: Amazwi Auditorium
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: AMAZWI Museum, 25A Worcester St, Grahamstown, Makhanda, 6139
  • Ticket Price: R50.00
  • Programme Type: FRINGE
  • Genre: Spoken Word
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Language: English and IsiXhosa
June 28, 2023   17:30 - 18:30
June 29, 2023   19:30 - 20:30
July 01, 2023   12:00 - 13:00
July 01, 2023   18:30 - 19:30