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Thursday, April 14, 2016


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(Samantha Govender, Sanele Sibiya, Nqobile Mthembu, Savy Ramsamy & Lovie Ramasrai)

A proudly South African theatre play, The Bee Sting is written and directed by award-winning stage and television personality Samantha Govender. The play celebrates 22 years into South Africa’s democracy through drama, comedy and dance.

The story is set in the Naidu household in Chatsworth. A dark secret is buried about the family’s past which impacts psychologically on the father and he seeks comfort in alcohol. The Naidu’s daughter returns from her studies overseas and is already involved in an intercultural relationship with a Black man who holds the key in unlocking the family’s secret and contributing to the father facing his inner demons.

The stellar cast includes well-known television and stage actor Lovie Ramasrai who plays the lead character Muthu, the father. Savy Ramsamy who has over 30 years of acting experience performs besides him as his wife. Their daughter Deshnee is played by Samantha Govender, the charming young black man, Rayshosa, is played by the talented Sanele Sibiya, whereas Nqobile Mthembu, a current Masters student at UKZN, plays the fascinating maid, Brenda, who uses manipulative strategies to break the couple’s relationship.

The play uses fictional characters and has its fair share of drama when tackling controversial issues which is inspired by true events (the 1985 Riots in Inanda and Black Economic Empowerment). Nevertheless, the drama is balanced with comedy as well so it doesn’t leave the audience with heavy shoulders.

“The themes that are explored in the play are Madiba’s vision of reconciliation, Shree Sathya Saibaba’s teachings of love and humanity, the plight for survival in retaining tradition and cultural belief systems; the respect and tolerance for different cultures amalgamating and realising that South Africa is a nation that is work in progress,” explains Govender.

“My aim as a theatre practitioner is to tell real South African stories. I want my audience to go through a journey of questioning and discovery through laughter or tears, ideally both,” she adds.

The Bee Sting has performances on May 6 and 7 at 20h30 at the Suncoast Supernova. Tickets R100 through the cine centre website or call 0861246300. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

The Bee Sting is proudly associated with the National Arts Council.