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WAVE (article first published : 2005-08-23)

Wave (previously titled What About Me?) is Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkhwane’s latest production.

“When Mother Earth talks the two legged ones don’t listen,” they say. “When she screams, they wake up. But only for a while. Soon they are asleep again.

“The tsunami disaster touched everyone. But what intrigued us is how the creatures – the four legged ones – knew the giant wave was coming and so were saved. What can we learn from this? How do we, the two legged ones – learn to live closer to Mother Earth?”

Growing up in KwaMashu poor, street-wise and a formidable football player, Bheki Mkhwane was inspired by the legendary late Gibson Kente to take up acting and in his youth, formed amateur township theatre groups. By the time he met Ellis Pearson, he was a skilful actor, passionate and energetic. From street to worldly-wise, Bheki’s talents have enabled him to work with major theatre companies in Shakespeare to Fugard, host television shows, work as a film-actor, develop his superb talent as a storyteller and tour the world with his own work. Bheki’s combination of Zulu chic and urban sass endears him to all who meet him.

From an early age Ellis Pearson devoted himself to a wide range of pursuits including painting, creating music, inventing contraptions and performing as a magician - so it is not surprising that he has been described as “a post-modern renaissance man”. All of Ellis’ projects show his deep South African roots and his love for this place and its people.

Wave played to capacity at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and has been invited to perform at the Commonwealth Games Arts Festival in Melbourne, Australia, in 2006.

The production is on offer to schools from now until the end of November, the first two school seasons having sold out. For bookings or further details, contact Sue on 082 882 9869 or e-mail: clarence@icon.co.za




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