Writer and actor, Bhekani Biyela has created a biting and thought provoking physical drama titled Ants Job which forms part of the BlackOut Festival taking place at the Courtyard Theatre. It is a behind-the-curtain look at the dishonourable state of living for Somali women.
The play gives a picture of a world bitter and still, a lethargic place of ambiguity. It presents the media in somewhat contradictory manner; where on one hand it is a voice and a window to the world, and on the other hand, it is an imperialist parasite that feeds off grief and torment of the vulnerable. The concept of hope and hopelessness appears in the fact that women who, though afraid and uncertain of their situation, are prepared to walk, to wait for someone or something to bring meaning and purpose to their lives.
What the women await is a sign indicating that they have been relieved from the face of death and that there will indeed be a tomorrow, a tomorrow absent from fear. This is a horrendous tale, a journey of women from the land of their inheritance to a foreign backyard fenced and barb-wired with terror. It seems they have exiled themselves in an enemy's turf.
Ants Job runs from December 1 to 4 at 18h00 at the Courtyard Theatre on the Durban University of Technology's Steve Biko Campus. Admission ticket for the whole festival - R100