On today's show i looked at the UHM production staged at Artscape , director Koleka Patuma came to speak to us more about it. Here's a bit of background about the production as well as the team .
The Papercut Collective, a theatre-making group consisting of the University of Cape Town Drama Department's 2014 graduating class of Theatre Making students, will present their award-winning production, UHM, at the Artscape Arena this December. Facilitated by the UCT Drama Department and the Little Theatre, UHM was originally created for the 2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Its run at the festival earned UHM the Best Student Writing Award.
Directed by Koleka Putuma and written by Alex McCarthy and Callum Tilbury, UHM is a madscape collision between history and the present, the unconscious and the real world. The historical figures of Queen Victoria (Kathleen Stephens), Cecil John Rhodes (Callum Tilbury) and Sol Plaatje (Jason Jacobs) go to battle over the soul of Coceka (Sive Gubangxa), a young black woman living in contemporary South Africa, much to the dismay of her boyfriend, Tony (Alex McCarthy).
UHM explores the English language and its history of colonialism, which has left a string of problems in its wake. With South Africa still in a state of questioning limbo while her people try to decipher the grey areas between race, language, and culture, UHM combines a theatrical exploration of these issues with a highly entertaining story. The production is designed by Jason Jacobs and Kathleen Stephens.
UHM runs at the Artscape Arena from 3 - 13 December 2014 and bookings can be made through Computicket
It closes tomorrow evening please do go and see it !