Afrovibes - Skierlik
Afrovibes - Skierlik
This award-winning play compellingly revisits the horror of a racially-motivated shooting spree that devastated the remote settlement of Skierlik in 2008.
Thomas moved away after his wife and three month old daughter were killed in the atrocity: the burden of living alone in the family home was unbearable. But now he’s returning. Riding with him on the long dirt road back to Skierlik, we too experience what he is about to face back home in his tiny shack: the blue shack that he knows so well, with the padlock on the door.
The multi-talented Phillip M Dikotla is a fast rising playwright, comedian, performer and dramatist from South Africa who has already won awards for his critically acclaimed one-man drama Skierlik. Skierlik is about the terrible events of January 2008 when a white 17 year old, Johan Nel (currently serving life in prison), went on a racially motivated killing spree in Skierlik, in the North West Province of South Africa.
Skierlik is the story of one man’s hesitant return to the scene that claimed the lives of his wife and daughter. Through this extraordinary tale of tragedy and loss, Phillip manages to find a very human way of imagining the story of Tom’s return to the scene of carnage using poignant humour to tell his tale. It’s a show not to be missed – Phillip is an electric performer whose brilliant performance has already propelled him towards the top of the ranks of performing artists in South Africa.
‘I left the Baxter Theatre with my emotions shaken and stirred. And with an immense respect for Phillip Dikotla, for the skill with which he pulled off the retelling of a story that left raw wounds in the South African psyche… I could smell the red dust while sitting in the dark of the theatre with the tears coursing down my cheeks.’ Marilu Snyders, What’s On in Capetown
Winner of Best Production at the 2013 Zabalaza Theatre Festival
Winner of the Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2013 National Arts Festival
Written and performed by Phillip Dikotla
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Afrovibes Festival, bringing some of the very best of South African arts to the UK and the Netherlands, makes a welcome return to the UK and the Albany this autumn.
In 2014, the festival's biggest-ever programme celebrates 20 years of South African freedom: 20 years since the ending of apartheid and the beginning of democracy. The creativity of award-winning artists brings us music, drama, dance, photography and film, reflecting upon what it is to be part of 21st century South Africa. By turns it'll be thought-provoking, energetic, sad, fascinating, wonderful. With free events, family workshops and themed food served in the atmospheric Township Cafe, drop by, hang out and belong - you'll believe that you really are thousands of miles from home!