Ruth is a story of a young girl who, because she grows up as an orphan, never learns to understand what it means to be loved. In her attempts to escape from the memories of her childhood past that are filled with her mother’s sorrow, Ruth learns that she has inherited her mother’s inability to be loved. This story is told by two women who interpret the story of a young woman’s burden of loneliness and its origins through contemporary movement.

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration (minutes): 40mins
  • Ages: 12+
  • Release Date: July 11, 2021 12:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English and Setswana



Written and Directed by: Leanetse Seekoe
Peformed by: Leaneatse Seekoe and Itumeleng Moeketsi
Choreographed by: Kenneth Mphahlele
Sound designed by: Sizwe Ndabana
Lighting designed by: Suprise Mosehla

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Ruth (trailer)



Leanetse Seekoe is the writer and director of Ruth. Leanetse graduated with an Honours Degree in acting from the University of Cape Town (2013), a PGCE from the University of the Witwatersrand (2015) and a Masters Degree in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Fort Hare (2019). In 2017 and 2018 Leanetse wrote and directed a one-woman play titled, 4 cups which has been staged at The Market Theatre Foundation and The Plat4orm in Johannesburg, PACE Festival in Bloemfontein and Kuwamba Women’s Festival at the TX Theatre in Tembisa. In 2020 Leanetse wrote and directed RUTH which he performed alongside Itumeleng Moeketsi at the Vrystaat Kunstefees, as well as the TX Theatre in Tembisa. As a playwright, Leanetse usually create anecdotes about black women who perceive the world from her own point of view, while also sharing her passion for language. The subject that is usually brought up in Leanetse’s writing is concerned with the healing of mother and daughter relationships, and sometimes female friendships. The use of heightened text in her work is a portrayal of her honest insight and response to cultural dynamics within black communities in South Africa.