- By: Xiluva Collective
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/mbali-ndlozi
- Playback Nigeria Women’s Theatre Festival is dedicated to enhancing social dialogues around issues women face through all forms of arts. It will provide an opportunity for women to dialogue; explore their concerns as members of society through art. Through the Women’s Theatre Festival, 10 women performers will develop a creative performance for members of the public. The Festival will bring together theatre companies, dance troupes, musical ensembles, and visual artists all led by women. The 2020 WTF will include an opening reception, independent artist exhibitions, indoor and outdoor performances, and daytime arts activities spanning two days.
We are currently preparing for the Women’s Festival in Nigeria, taking place at the BEZA University, Abuja. For us this is an opportunity to perform outside our country, make new connections and gain more experience to further grow our collective and produce work that does not only represent us but our communities at large. The success of our collective is dependent upon the financial and product support of corporations and private sponsors. We have been fortunate to have been given an opportunity to participate in the Women’s Festival 2020.
Xiluva Collective is a group of thespians based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We are trained thespians whose main focus is performance, applied theatre, and youth development. Our aim is to tell stories that are relevant, educational and genuine. We dedicate ourselves in taking theatre to people who cannot afford to come to theatres, we have performed in schools, community halls and presented public performances.
We started this collective because we want to tell stories that are relatable to us and that will help each other grow. It has helped many of us to stay busy and work hard in keeping the passion alive. We create opportunities for ourselves and reach out to anyone who is willing to listen to us, support us and most importantly collaborate with us. We are constantly looking to make new connections. We spend a lot of time doing research on possible partners and sponsors to keep our collection up and running.
We are currently preparing for the Women’s Festival in Nigeria, taking place at the BEZA University, Abuja. We are working on a play titled Izibazi Zomendo. For us this is an opportunity to perform outside our country, make new connections and gain more experience to further grow our collective and produce work that does not only represent us but our communities at large.
We are currently experimenting with the inheritance of scars and the injustice embedded in women and the preservation of patriarchy, tradition, and religion across all nations. However, this story is not a unique one and it has been told many times. The only difference is the relevance and ongoing femicide that has become every woman’s nightmare. The intention is not to change the world but interrogate the preservation of toxic and false superiority in the socialization of the male child and the poisonous outcome thereafter. This is also an opportunity of learning, unlearning and relearning and most importantly having a platform of starting conversations. We strongly believe that to share our craft with sufficiency we need to self introspect and begin the journey of healing as most of us are children that inherited scars from a household that is built on screams and tears of women who stayed married to men who tormented them day in and day out, from generation to generation.
Izibazi Zomendo is a story set in Soweto, Pimville. It explores a dysfunctional relationship between a mother and daughter caused by the mother’s perseverance for domestic violence. Their experiences and generational gap is causing conflict in their household because both of them are firm in their beliefs and no one is willing to compromise. The story focuses on the wounds inherited by children who grew up in abusive homes, witnessing their mothers endure and tolerate abuse from the men they love. How mothers choose their men and/or marriage over their children, and not realizing that they bring into existence emotional scars by staying with these men. Jabulile who is a mother to Kwanele and wife to Sipho is a woman who is bound by her faith in the bible and being Christian (what would Jesus do) type that forces her to stay in her harmful marriage. She strongly believes that divorce is a sin and that prayer is a cure for everything. Kwanele who is a womanist, strongly believes that feminism is “a doctrine that advocates equal rights for women” and that everyone should abide by this. She wants to break the cycle of abuse that is destroying her and her mother.
The costs will cover the following:
- Return tickets from Johannesburg to Nigeria (x7).
- Visas (x7)
- Accommodation for one week stay.
- Set and costume.
- Rehearsal fee and Transport.
The total cost for the project is estimated as follows:
- Direct Labour R46 000
- Equipment & Materials R8 000
- Travel & Misc. R142 085
Total – R196 085
Funds raised will be paid into my bank account.
- Feb 17, 2020 - R 154.23
- "All the best :)" - Naledi Majola
- Feb 05, 2020 - R 102.82
- "Wishing you all the best" - Onalenna SEBETLELA
- Jan 26, 2020 - R 205.64
- "All the best with raising the funds " - Anon
- Jan 11, 2020 - R 400.00
- "Oggie donation" - Oggie
- Dec 28, 2019 - R 523.35
- "Best wishes" - Siyasanga
- Dec 04, 2019 - R 500.00
Good luck from Ann Ngutshane" - Ann Ngutshane
- Dec 02, 2019 - R 110.00
All the best!" - Qaqamba Q
- Nov 30, 2019 - R 300.00
- "Brother Champion donation" - Champion
- Nov 30, 2019 - R 102.82
- "Good luck " - Nhlamulo
- Nov 28, 2019 - R 500.00
- "All the best ladies, I hope you reach your target soon" - Ricardo
- Nov 28, 2019 - USD $ 30.00
- "All the best!" - Mangaliso Ngcukana
- Nov 27, 2019 - USD $ 52.60
- "Good luck" - Michael McQuaid
- Nov 27, 2019 - R 205.64
- "????" - "Anonymous"
- Nov 26, 2019 - R 203.00
- "All the best!" - Vuyo Ncwaiba
- Nov 22, 2019 - USD $ 52.60
- "Best wishes and I look forward to meeting and working with you soon!" - Jacqueline Pickett
- Nov 21, 2019 - USD $ 6.75
- "More will come from me and mine hun. And I’ll share it her in the UK too xxx" - Kim Pretorius
- Nov 20, 2019 - R 50.00
- "Phezie" - Phezie
Mbali Ndlozi Theatre Festival Cause
Xiluva Collective is a group of thespians based in Johannesburg. We are trained thespians whose main focus is performance, edutainment and youth development. Our aim is to tell stories that are relevant, educational and genuine. We are currently preparing for the Women’s Festival in Nigeria, taking place at the BEZA University, Abuja. For us this is an opportunity to perform outside our country, make new connections and gain more experience to further grow our collective and produce work that does not only represent us but our communities at large.