Can Themba’s salon of debate recalled
In the words of fictional wizardry educator from the Harry Potter franchise, Professor Albus Dumbledore: “The truth” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
The House of Truth launched on Can Themba’s Anniversary
The evening of Friday, 8 September saw book lovers gathered at the Nelson Mandela Foundation for the launch of Siphiwo Mahala’s The House of Truth. The book is a bioplay inspired by the life of legendary writer and journalist Can Themba, from the illustrious 1950s generation of Drum writers.
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Can Themba's life, writing, personal joys and political battles explode into full colour in this energetic and pithy one-man play, starring South African acting legend Sello Maake kaNcube in its maiden run. Mahala weaves together elements of Themba's life and career with deft wit and poise, recreating the sparkle and pathos of the Drum era and Sophiatown before both were literally destroyed by apartheid legislation.
Themba Limba is When a Man Criesa family man who is caught between his flourishing career as a teacher and municipal councillor in the township of Sekunjalo, and his overriding sexual interests. Despite his attempts to maintain his status in the community, his actions eventually lead to his downfall.