About

Company B and Arts Projects Australia present a Farber Foundry production

Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise was created from the life experiences of its five performers. They will share with you the personal details of childhoods lived in the shadow of one of the most brutal regimes of our time. South Africa is a nation with too many sorrows to recount, yet each memory recalled here tonight bears testimony to the millions of stories shaped within the apartheid divisions that will never be recounted.

Apartheid laws affected every aspect of life in South Africa: inter-racial marriage was prohibited, employment opportunities depended on racial classification, and there were separate public facilities for whites and non-whites. A black nanny who took the white child she was looking after to the park would be unable to sit on a bench with the child.

Yet this is an acknowledgement of the inexplicable light that has continued to burn in South Africa’s people in the face of our darkest years. It is a testament to the extraordinary spirituality present in our country, and a celebration of the fact that despite the damage, and against all odds… from the dust… like doves we rise.

Cast

Tshallo Chokwe
Roelf Matlala
Bongeka Mpongwana
Philip ‘Tipo’ Tindisa
Jabulile Tshabalala

Team

Created & directed by Yael Farber
Lighting Designer Tim Boyd
Stage Manager Sally Crate
Production Coordinator (South Africa) Leigh Colombick

Reviews

This heart-lifting show … testifies to the power of story, and of theatre, to transform even the grimmest of realities into art.

The Age

Amajuba is a passionate celebration. Its climactic scenes … beautifully symbolise rebirth and the promise of a new world. It is a welcome part of Company B’s season.

Sydney Morning Herald