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THE HORSESHOE (article first published : 2007-01-14)

The Horseshoe is currently appearing on the Musho Festival in Durban.

This is a comedy/drama two-hander written and performed by Bheki Khabela and Sduduzo Khawula, and directed by Bhekani Shabalala. The two actors portray Bongeleni and Mashangela Rufus and the play opens with Bongeleni, a polite, mild mannered gentleman placing bets on the tote. He is joined by his friend Rufus and they actually win - contrary to their usual status of being out of money and out of luck.

They portray several characters by the artful use of various hats and scarves; initially Bongeleni stands out with his excellent delivery, facial expressions, dialogue and action, Rufus being more subdued. However Rufus shines as Magogo (his mother).

The two look back on their lives and losses, and their experiences during the struggle, in the army and tribal wars, using simple cut-out planks as very effective shovels to dig the trenches and rifles during the tribal wars. Both give outstanding performances. They re-enact the fighting in Angola against Savimbi extremely well. They pose the question that they were promised that everything would be alright but was it worth it? Indeed, they have nothing more to lose, but there may still be something to gain from this strange country of ours.

The audience really appreciated their performances, deservedly so. Maurice Kort.




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