The inspiration for my fifth play, ‘A President in Waiting …’ came from watching Yael Farber and Thembi Mtshali’s ‘A Woman in Waiting’ at the Baxter Theatre last September.
Farber and Mtshali’s one woman play re-visits the landscape of a Zulu woman’s childhood and her growing up in South Africa during apartheid. I wondered if I could write a sequel. If a young Xhosa woman could ask Madiba one question, what would that be?
I have to admit, I was looking for a vehicle for an exciting young actress, Khuls Nkatshu, who was an intern at the Desmond Tutu HIV Youth Centre Foundation in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek.
During the long, hot South African Summer, and our miserable, wet, UK winter something of great momentum, happened politically in that beautiful country. If you come and see A President in Waiting … this November then you will see and hear how the events that unfolded in South Africa impacted the one woman play I was writing.
I started a couple of rehearsals with Khuls on my trip to South Africa last autumn but it became clear that in my swallow’s absence a director would be needed.
As if transported By Magic Wand, Amy Leigh Vermaak who runs the ALAS academy in Fish Hoek, www.alasacademy.co.za, appeared with a request that I ‘surrender’ the script; omething all scriptwriters should ultimately do.
With the help of Earl Mentor, Sport and Recreation Coordinator in a producing role at the Desmond Tutu Centre and gently guided by Dante Robbertze, Youth Centre Manager ‘A President in Waiting …’ awaits performance and an audience.
Please come and watch the next generation of black African women take the baton and the platform.
A President in Waiting …
Performances: Friday 14th November at 3.00pm and 5.00pm. FREE ENTRY
Guinea Fowl Rd, Sunnydale,
Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 785 4570
Cell: +27 82 740 4400
A President in Waiting … has been written as part of Jan Moran Neil’s Masters’ course in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. Check out Jan’s Creative Ink workshops