Komeng

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play by Sello Maake ka Ncube (2000), inspired by his Koma (1998).

Subject

Compare the 1998 project Koma. In Komeng (Sepedi for "Initiation School") the playwright employs the metaphor of an initiation school to take a group of four friends through an intense psychological initiation. Zero, Timza, Blaza and McGregor are made to confront their weaknesses when one of them tries to commit suicide. Through this cathartic encounter, they explore the source of their problems; a broken marriage for McGregor; a rigid, callous outlook on women for Timza; and a life of petty crime for Zero. The men all realise that the source of their problems is a lack of a sense of grounding.

Performance history in South Africa

Premièred at the Grahamstown Festival June 2000, directed by Sello Maake ka Ncube, with Kholofelo Kola, David Mohloki, Alistair Dube and Menzi Ngubane and opened in the Barney Simon Theatre at the Market Theatre in July 2000.

Translations and adaptations

Sources

Thebe Mabanga in Mail & Guardian (14 June 2000).

National Arts Festival programme, 2000. 62.

[Van Heerden (2008)][1]. p 184.

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