UK Arts International: Afrovibes Festival

Mother to Mother


17 - 18 October


£12 | Concessions: £10
Under 25s: Half Price

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Afrovibes: a festival of cutting edge theatre, dance and music giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the best of contemporary performance from southern Africa.

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Discounts available when you buy tickets for more than one Afrovibes Festival event.
2-3  15% off
4-5  20% off
6     25% off

Mother To Mother

American Fullbright scholar Amy Biehl is killed in the Gugulethu township of Cape Town: it’s a senseless murder, carried out by four youths. The mother of one of them tries to make sense of it all by recounting events in an imaginary conversation with Amy’s mother. It’s a real ‘heart to heart’ communication of personal testimony in an imaginary response to this real event.

It was an ordinary day in Guglethu. But one unforgiving moment in that ordinary day had repercussions beyond the imaginable. And we hear of the Mother’s guilt because of the part she played, knowing that another mother is now ‘without, because of me’.

This tour-de-force monologue is powerful and profoundly moving theatre delivered with dignity, sensitivity and humour by South African actress Thembi Mtshali-Jones.

The production draws upon the skills of three powerhouse women of the arts in South Africa. Music interwoven with the text heightens the mood as the tragedy unfolds, and the use of the Xhosa indigenous language in parallel with English lends a gritty authenticity.

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Mother to Mother - Theatre 2

Wednesday 17 October 8pm
Thursday 18 October 8pm


'I fell in love with Mother to Mother from the opening minute.' The Scotsman

'An utterly heart-breaking performance ... you’ll be struggling to hold back the tears.' The Stage

'We witness a heart-wrenching unravelling of a family against the backdrop of an already volatile refugee society'. Fest

Cast & Team

Original novel written by Sindiwe Magona

Adapted for the stage by:
Janice Honeyman
Sindiwe Magona
Thembi Mtshali-Jones

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