Every child growing up aspires to be recognized, included and accepted by Society. Autistic people are often misunderstood, judged and stigmatized.
A lot of financial resources is expended on research and trying to find a cure for the condition rather than investing in a society that discriminates and does not show sufficient empathy.
“Just Different, Not Less” aims to advocate for acceptance and embracing of Neurodiversity. This performance is inspired by the story of JR Nkosi, an Autistic self-taught pianist (also featured here), who received an Ovation Award at the NAF in 2019 for his performance titled “I am Autistic but I Can”.
Produced by: Yolande Nkosi
Music by: JR Nkosi
Written and Directed by: Yanga Mabetshe and Malibongwe Madyo
Cast: Nelisiwe Jonas, Anathi Phandle, Zizo Dlawu
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Yanga Mabetshe is a goal-driven Theatre Artist, Educator, and Master’s candidate in Social Science. As a theatre practitioner, he received training through professional experiences and involvement in countless community theatre projects in the Eastern Cape province and nationwide. Mr Mabetshe has helped the University of Fort Hare (UFH) to establish Drama and Theatre projects that participated on municipal, provincial and National Arts levels. Currently, he works as co-founder of Start Art Creatives that offer Educational Drama and Theatre services in East London communities, learning institutions like UFH, Buffalo City College (BCC), and in social related units such as Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT).