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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Beautiful simple love story relates to issues about love and decisions we have to make. (Review by Philisiwe Sithole)

Fikile was the second show of the Musho! With A Twist programme which formed part of last week’s Musho! Festival. It is created by Emuhle All Artists and mentored by Neil Coppen. The play is about a graduate who returns home to honour a marriage proposal made by her high school sweetheart several years ago. We follow her journey home hoping to find the man she once loved still intact, yet she finds that she has changed for the better and the man she once loved has changed for the worse.

She is confronted by series of choices she has to make that will shape her future. She must learn to navigate the tricky terrain of traditions values, family affairs, past love and secrets that are re-awoken with her arrival back to the community.

The play begins with actors - one standing and the other sitting - on a block which also becomes as piece of luggage. Beautiful humming creates an easy atmosphere for the story to unfold. The actors were simply costumed in black not to focus on the outside but to pay attention to the inside of their characters and the physical translation in their acting, particularly Siphesihle Cele who delivered such clear fully-focused performance. He is a big talent to watch. With a melodious voice and a clear articulation, Noma Khawula also gives a beautiful performance.
This beautiful simple love story relates to the issues we face about love and the decisions we have to make. The script is easy to follow and is very well done with cliché characters and a twist in the end but they seem to work. It’s not a predictable play. Well done to the team!

For more details about the Musho! Festival, visit - Philisiwe Sithole