The House of Truth
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. An essential and highly entertaining piece of history, it has played countrywide to full houses and critical acclaim.
When a Man Cries
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. What follows is an account – sometimes tragic, occasionally humorous, and always compelling – of Themba’s efforts to regain his dignity and pride in the eyes of his family and community.
When a Man Cries is an uncompromising and engrossing novel about the challenges of manhood in contemporary South African society. It interrogates the dynamics of township life and the human and socio-economic realities of the most impoverished communities in post-apartheid South Africa.
UThemba yindoda eqondayo kunjalo nje ezixabisileyo nebuhloniphileyo ubuzwe bayo. Indoda yamadoda enemisebenzi emihle nethandwayo luluntu kumzi waseSekunjalo. Kuba kakade intliziyo ingumkhohlisi, iliso iyinto apha ephandlwayo, ithuku lemvelo uyalityeshela, alibale ukuba ubuhle bekhiwane zimpethwana. Isiwo sakhe sinye kukuthanda iilokhwe akhohlwe ukuba ooDolly, ooThandi nooSips ziimpuku ezisigqibayo isitha. Siyehla isidima, ahlekwe naziintaka, umpha ochutywe walahlwa. Ziza kunceda na iinyembezi zendoda endala?
These wide-ranging stories take us from Sophiatown in the Drum era to the rural Eastern Cape to the luxury Jozi homes of present-day tenderpreneurs. By turns poignant, raunchy, philosophical and funny, they cast a wry and astute eye on universal human questions and conundrums presented by our particular historical moment.