EISH! is a theatrical reflection of Covid-19 pandemic woes. The stories unfold through the eyes of 2 Street Lifers who collect cans and scrap around the hood. As they roam, they discuss and depict experiences of death and the impact on those dealing with the pandemic. They see first-hand the sorrow in the souls and the unfolding misery while they collect waste from funerals. This is a production that reveals truth through confrontational introspection.
Written and Directed by Given Jikwana
Production Assistant : Notavi Ndamane
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Born and bred in Johannesburg, he has worked with strings of Black Theatre and Township Theatre Projects. Jikwana has written many plays including Remnants (2004), which he starred in along with Dean Norris. It toured Canada and Germany extensively. He has trained artists in Botswana (2005), and was an executive member for PANSA and NACTED (2004). He won the City of Cape Town Mayor’s award for development and coordinated workshops facilitated by Athol Fugard in 2006. Jikwana has worked for Gibson Kente in different positions, and in 2008 was contracted by the City of Cape Town to conduct workshops for community Arts group leaders. He has worked with the University of Stellenbosch, and has tutored for Pacific Lutheran University. He was the isiXhosa syllabus consultant for Eisteddfod and Department of Education for 3 years. He was the Programme Manager for the Flemish Government between 2009 – 2011. He attended the Mozambique festival dubbed “Tambo Tumbulana” in Pemba as a guest. He submitted an African dance methodology paper in Kenya in October 2010 and a paper with Johan Esterhuizen dubbed “Hidden Theatre” was presented at the University of Swansea in Wales (2013). He was the Festival Director of Buya School Theatre Festival at the H.B Thom Theatre in Stellenbosch from 2006 until 2018. For Makhanda National Arts Festival he has staged “I was a Man” (2009), “Happiness” (2010), “Sobukwe My Husband” (2012) and “Democracy Report” (2015).