I SEE YOU (English) NGIYAKUBONA (Zulu) EK SIEN JOU (Afrikaans) NDIYAKUBONA (Xhosa)
I don't need your sorries white boy, yes. You heard right. You know white people think we are the same? We both look black. But only one of us is black . . . Speak to me in your mother-tongue and I will let you go.
Post-Apartheid South Africa, after dark.
Ben meets Skinn for a night out. But the party is interrupted by the police. Ben, a young student who doesn't know his own history, is accused of a crime he didn't commit. And Officer Buthelezi, a former freedom fighter, can't let it go.
Based on a real encounter.
This programme text was published to coincide with the world premiere of the play at the Royal Court Theatre, Upstairs, on 25 February 2016.
Mongiwekhaya is a writer, performer and director with Handspring Puppet Company and currently performing in the international tour of Ubu And The Truth Commission. Previous work includes Kagg'an Dreams (Handspring Trust); Fallen, The Feather Collector (Grahamstown Festival). He is currently Artist in Residence for Center for Humanities Research (CHR) at the Univeristy of Western Cape and a member of the newly formed SA Playriot group.