HULLO, BU-BYE, KOKO, COME IN is a multimedia stage adaptation of Koleka Putuma’s sophomore collection of poems by the same name. In it, Putuma fiddles with archives, names, lives and legacies of in/visibility, memory, and black women in performance.
The performance weaves together poetry, sound, and projection mapping. The performer experiments with various modes of documentation and performance.
Created and performed by Koleka Putuma, visual design by Inka Kendzia, composition and sound design by Mr Sakitumi.
Please note that this show is in a Rhodes University venue and as such you will be required to show your vaccine certificate or a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof of Covid positive status within the last three months.
Text and Performance: Koleka Putuma
Visual Design and Projection Mapping: Inka Kendzia
Music, Composition and Sound Design: Mr Sakitumi
Dramaturgy: Jason Jacobs
Vocals: Odwa Bongo
Show Content Videographer and Photographer: Sara CF de Gouveia
Lighting Design: Bamanye Yeko & Dara Beth
Set Design: Koleka Putuma & Robyn-Lee Pretorius
Costume Design: Koleka Putuma
Costume Maker: Kirsten Henry & Zayaan Majiet
Production Management: Dara Beth
Company and Tour Manager: Robyn-Lee Pretorius
Press photos: Nurith Wagner-Strauss
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Koleka Putuma is an award-winning theatre practitioner, writer and poet. Her bestselling debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia, took the South African literary scene by storm. Since its publication in April 2017, the book is in its 12th print run and is prescribed for study at tertiary level in South African universities and across the world.
Collective Amnesia received the 2018 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, was named 2017 book of the year by the City Press, and one of the best books of 2017 by The Sunday Times and Quartz Africa. It is translated into Spanish (Flores Rara, 2019), German (Wunderhorn Publishing House, 2019), Danish (Rebel with a Cause, 2019), Dutch (Poeziecentrum, 2020), Swedish (Rámus förlag). Forthcoming translations: Portuguese (Editora Trinta Zero Nove), Italian (Arcipelago itaca), and French (éditions LansKine).
In April 2021, Manyano Media published her sophomore collection of poems, Hullo, Bu-Bye, Koko, Come In, with forthcoming translations in Dutch, Danish and French.
Her theatre works include the stage adaption of Hullo, Bu-bye, Koko, Come In, UHM, Woza Sarafina, Mbuzeni and No Easter Sunday For Queers. Her theatre for young audiences include Ekhaya (2 – 7 year olds), and SCOOP: Kitchen play for carers and babes, the first South African theatre work for audiences aged 0 – 12 months old.
She is a Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative finalist for theatre, a Forbes Africa Under 30 Honoree, recipient of the Imbewu Trust Scribe Playwriting Award, Mbokodo Rising Light award, CASA playwriting award and the 2019 Distell Playwriting Award for her play No Easter Sunday for Queers. She has been commissioned to write poetry for major campaigns such as Spotify Premium “Unleash The Sounds”, UN Global Goals, Wellcome Trust: Covid Living, Jameson “Dedela Abanye”, Standard Bank and more.
Koleka Putuma is the Founder and Director of Manyano Media, a multidisciplinary creative company that empowers and produces stories by black queer women.