A Howl in Makhanda is a semi-autobiographical work about two black and two white South African teenage schoolgirls. The play catalogues the struggle and resistance of girlhood, and makes visible the normalisation of the criminalising of black bodies. The play explores the themes of racism and sexism, peer pressure, religion, family, loyalty, freedom and identity.
This conversation explores the themes of the play. Panellists include Dean Hutton, Mbali Williams and Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni is a South African playwright, theatre director, producer, choreographer and performer who has been described as a ‘theatre prodigy’ in the Cape Times, a ‘brilliant young mind’ by TEDxYouth Cape Town and ‘one of the most talented and dynamic theatre practitioners in Cape Town’ by Netwerk24 for her award-winning and critically-acclaimed debut play, Sainthood, a play on all-boys school and Saints culture in South Africa. She is currently a 2020 Apolitical Academy Fellow for Public Service with her focus being contemporary methods of social transformation in basic education.
Mbali Williams is a social justice activist from Cape Town who started her activistism work at her former high school in the 11th grade. She’s currently a political science major at the University of Cape Town
Dean Hutton is a genderqueer trans media artist provoking dialogue about the gaze, queer bodies, love and social justice. A.K.A. Goldendean, they have worked across photojournalism, print, digital, video and social media, performance and community action since the late 1990s. Their strategy of simple, often improvised actions by a “Fat Queer White Trans body” share moments of soft courage to affirm the right of all bodies to exist, to be celebrated and protected. Dean Hutton’s practice, as a photographer, performer and visual artist producing works on paper, digital video and sculptural objects, bridge intersecting genres of documentary, fiction and fantasy, to produce radical queer counter narratives.