Napo Masheane, is a multi-award winning poet, playwright and one of the leading theatre-makers in South Africa recently premiered virtually a thought-provoking choreopoem play called ‘My Vagina Was Not Buried With Him’
‘My Vagina Was Not Buried With Him’
She recently spoke about why her latest play ‘My Vagina Was Not Buried With Him’ is a game-changer in a country that is plagued by Gender Based Violence.
“…‘My Vagina Was Not Buried With Him’ explores gender-based violence and femicide in a manner that peels off layers of trauma from our experiences. Yet theatrically it is hand woven as choreo-poem, interlaced and fabricated by these four voices; infused in strong narratives and physical theatre, while it prides its self in poetic-accapella-vocal sounds held by a collective force that affirms that all of us (women) are made of trauma, bounded by wounds, and our scars are the only way we know how to exist and survive or even will be remembered.”
The play explores traumas of femicide in South Africa.
Three out of many of these young women made it into media headlines sparking a huge hashtag movement: #AmINext #NotJustAHashtag #MenAreTrash… and they were: Karabo, who was declared missing only to be found burnt alive by her boyfriend.
Nene, who was raped and bludgeoned by a man who had earlier served her at the local post office, and the eight-months pregnant Tshego, who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend’s best friend and found hanged on a tree.
Masheane has brought us provocative and humorous plays such as “My Bum is Genetic Deal With It,” “The Fat Black Women Sing,” and “KHWEZI…Say My Name”, which is a stage adaptation of Redi Thlabi’s book KHWEZI
‘My Vagina Was Not Buried With Him’ will have its opening night on the 19th of March at the Joburg Theatre and will then move to open at the Soweto Theatre on the 24nd of March.