Commission Continua

Paper doesn’t blush – and mountains of paper seem to be an essential upshot of the numerous investigation commissions that have existed, and still exist, in South Africa. The objective of these commissions, just like those in history remains the same, to capture the citizenry's quest for justice – but do they? Or are they just a window dressing that gets locked on paper and hardly translates into meaningful action?

Bright Maluleke – played by Tony Bonani Miyambo – is an employee who copies and archives official documents from the commissions. He does his best just to stick to his brief and ignore the content of the files – but this proves difficult when faced with all these pages giving an account of the most critical and catastrophic moments in South Africa’s history. In the frugal setting of a photocopier, a microphone and a loop station, he begins to give vent to his annoyance with the ‘paper jam’.

COMMISSION CONTINUA interweaves affidavits, addendums, appendices, testimonials, submissions, draft reports and reports. At the heart of this is South African society’s struggle for real change and reconciliation.

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration (minutes): 60mins
  • Ages: +7
  • Release Date: July 27, 2021 00:01 - August 01, 2021 23:59

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Concept & Writers: Tony Bonani Miyambo & Phala Oookeditse Phala
Director: Phala Ookeditse Phala
Performer: Tony Bonani Miyambo
Dramaturge: Khayelihle Dom Gumede
Sound Designer: Zain Vally
Stage Manager: Dimakatso Motholo

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Tony Miyambo
Tony Bonani Miyambo is a BA (Dramatic Arts) graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand. He currently works as a freelance performer, writer and story developer in the television and theatre industries.

His body of work includes acclaimed solo performances; The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri, Commission Continua, and Kafka’s Ape which has won multiple awards in Czech Republic, South Africa, Australia and USA. Tony was also awarded the The Marta award for Best Performance at the Setkani Festival in the Czech Republic and 2012 Brett Goldin Award that gave him the opportunity to study with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, UK.

He is currently an Artist in Residence at The Centre for Humanities Research based at the University of the Western Cape.

Phala Ookeditse Phala

Phala is the Animateur at The Centre for the Less Good Idea, an interdisciplinary incubator space for the arts, based in Maboneng, Johannesburg. He is a multi-award-winning ‘storier’ in the form of a theatre-maker, director and dramaturge whose works have won awards in South Africa, USA, Czech Republic and Australia. His works champion emotional and psychologically-stimulating storying as a uniquely African aesthetic. His focus and interest are on methodologies of making and creating work in ways that collapse and disrupt conventional norms.