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Tears Of The Creatives

Theatre / Gymnasium

This physical theatre production shares the struggles of artists in the creative arts sector while simultaneously sharing the message to never give up. The performance is a blend of dialogue and dance.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Written by: Siyanda Futshane
Directed by: Mandilakhe Lufundo
Produced by: Sisa Abel Mhlophe
Stage manager: Sanelisiwe Mandla

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Mandilakhe Lufundo
Mandilakhe Lufundo was born and bred in Mdantsane, a township known for producing internationally-renowned boxing legends. However, he had a different calling: acting. He received his professional acting training at Mdantsane Arts Centre, where he was mentored by the late theatre playwright and director, Michael Lubisi, from 2013 until his untimely death in 2016. In 2016 he joined Stepping Stone Theatre & Media Group (Pty) Ltd, an edutainment company based in Mdantsane Arts Centre, which has been a catalyst to his growth, since financial constraints have denied him the opportunity to study drama in formal institutions. Since 2019 he’s been using his acting talents at Kumkani Pictures where he has played lead roles for most of their films, which can be watched on their app, Montywood (available on the google play store). He’s disciplined, dedicated and a good listener, which has enabled him to collaborate with local and internationally-renowned directors and filmmakers, as well as acting alongside some established artists in the country.

Sisa Abel Mhlophe
Sisa Abel Mhlophe is an actor, writer, director, drama teacher and filmmaker based in East London. His love for arts started in 2008, when he enrolled at Soweto Performing Arts Centre (SPAC) in Uncle Toms Community Hall, Dube Soweto, working under Basil Dube of Soweto Writer’s Project Fame. After the failure of SPAC, he went on to audition at Paul Rapetsoa Institute of Dramatic Art (PRIDA) at Yeoville Recreation Centre, and was inducted into their two-year drama course. At PRIDA he studied under the watchful eye of late veteran playwright and theatre director, Paul Mahuma Rapestsoa (Uncle Josias on Skeem Saam). It is at PRIDA where Sisa Abel Mhlophe featured in almost every school production, which included the famous Get-Down the Musical, which toured schools around Gauteng in 2012. Being hungry to learn more than just acting, Sisa was hired as a performer and stage manager at Getdown Productions. During that time, he managed the cast in the absence of a regular director and teacher, “Bra Paul”, and he discovered his directing gift in the process. In 2014, shortly after graduating from PRIDA, he was accepted at Duma Ndlovu Academy (DNA) at Joburg Theatre headed by Duma KaNdlovu (executive director of Muvhango, Imbewu & Uzalo). During the course, he was fortunate enough to be mentored by guest mentors such as John Kani, Tony Kgoroke, Uvelile Bangani (director – Skeem Saam), Sindi Dlathu (actress), to mention just a few. Post his graduation, he collaborated with his former PRIDA classmate, Lindelwa Mzayifani to work at Stepping Stone, where he has exercised his full potential as a playwright and director, having written and directed captivating plays like Kasi Live for Mdantsane Arts Centre (both stage play & film), The Interrogation (Uhuru Festival) and Bits & Pieces which were nominated for a Standard Bank Ovation Award in 2017 at the National Arts Festival, as well as his latest play Kilimanjaro, a story about our Icon, Oliver Tambo. His storytelling is unique, based on simple methods of Jerzy Grotowski’s Poor theatre and Konstantin Stanislavski’s method acting. He’s a master in creating educational, thought-provoking stage plays, with theatre of realism as his core style.

Siyanda Futshane
Siyanda Futshane was born in Mdantsane, and is an actor, writer and musician. He received his professional training at Mdantsane Arts Centre, where he was mentored by the late theatre playwright and director, Michael Lubisi, from 2013 until his untimely death in 2016. In 2017 he used his artistic skills at Stepping Stone Theatre & Media Group (Pty) Ltd, an edutainment company based in Mdantsane Arts Centre, and starred in their programs and projects. Since 2019 he’s been at Kumkani Pictures where he has played lead roles for most of their films, which can be watched on their app, Montywood (available on the google play store). His music career started way back as young boy, growing up in the streets of Mdantsane, up to when he collaborated with two other artists from Lubisi’s Theatre Company, and together they formed a smashing musical trio famously known as Molotov Cocktail – loosely translated as Russian Bomb. As a writer, he has written Growth & Concrete, a three-hander, set during the apartheid era, as well as Tears of the Creatives.

  • Venue: Gymnasium
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: Victoria Girls High School, Beaufort St, Grahamstown, Makhanda, 6139
  • Ticket Price: R80.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 60mins
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Language: isiXhosa and English
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