A remarkably emotional piece of work, Home dives straight into emotion at the very top of its short 60 minutes, with singing and chanting haunting the background to a series of monologues written by Penelope Youngelson (A Man and a Dog). This production combines the stories and the struggles of a daughter, a mother and a grandmother who tell us, within a heavy South African context, what home means to them.
Actresses/dancers Thola Antamu (Exhibit S – Ode to Saartjie Baartman), Rudzani Moleya and Ciara Baldwin (Below My Feet) each bring individual strong points to the production. Baldwin – who choreographed the production along with Nathan Bartman – shows her skill in dancing and movement. Antamu provides a visceral, raw emotion. Moleya has the task of bringing to life the more serious works by Youngelson in which she portrays a grandmother who gives her first-hand account of her experience in the Soweto Uprising of 1976.
Home is a punchy piece of work which has a lot to say in a short time. The writing and the choreography compliment each other beautifully, and the Kalk Bay Theatre provides the cosiness needed to set the mood for the production.
The three performers create a beautiful harmony of work. The direction by Luke Brown (Undermined – A South African Journey Through Manhood) provides smooth transitions from piece to piece and monologue to monologue, weaving together a perfect whole. The show makes its way to the National Arts Festival later this month and is deserving of several runs in the future.
A preview of Home took place at the Kalk Bay Theatre on 21 June 2015.