Entry Program students who attended Entry Program in November were very lucky because they had a chance to receive a complimentary pass to see a play at the Prairie Theatre Exchange. Some of them chose to use the passes in November and went to see Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project).
One of Entry Program students, a very talented young writer Sunshine Joy Teologo, shared with us her thoughts and feelings after watching the show.
Sunshine Joy Teologo
“Ubuntu”, never heard of this word before, so I checked the internet and looked up its definition, and I was surprised, there are many different meanings of this word but what caught my attention was that this word was mostly used to define togetherness, unity, connection and oneness. and it made me excited to watch the play.
Saturday, 3pm, I went to PTE and sat on the front row, the stage setting was simple but interesting, there were suitcases on the floor, and its funny to see that they also did the same for the wall. The play consisted of many characters: The South African son, the S. African father (works in the library and a Microbiology student), the Canadian Microbiology teacher (also a foster father) , the daughter (also works in the library), A wife/mother (wife of the African), the passengers, and the restaurant crews and it was unbelievable that all of these was performed by five actors/actresses only.
The story was about the S. African son who took courage to fly from South Africa to Canada in search for his father named Philani. The father who was a Microbiology student and was working in the Library, but unfortunately He found out that his father was already dead. The son met the daughter in the library who was in the end revealed as his sister. The stage play was trying to send a message that every character in the story is connected to each other or “Ubuntu” A person is a person through other persons or I am because you are.
The story made me cry, I can relate because like Philani, who left his land and went to Canada for reasons, to search for a cure for his limp leg and send money back home to his son, but couldn’t fight the sadness and he committed suicide. Though that’s what happened to one of the main characters, there are lots of moral values I learned, differences are not hindrances to connect and love a person, instead different cultures are opportunities to discover new learnings and be involved. One of the beautiful parts of the stories was when Philani and the Canadian girl met in the library, they fell in love and attached to each other, even if they have differences: different colors, age gap, different status and different belief, but those were the reasons of their unity.
In the end, Philani’s wife also died because of an illness, their daughter was adopted by the Microbiology teacher who knows all the past and hid the real story from the daughter. Philani’s son took the ashes of his father and brought them back to South Africa. The story ended with a South African prayer, feet stomping and singing in praise, because even the ancestors is part of Ubuntu; they never leave and always there to protect.
Sarah and Philani meet at the library for the first time. (Tracey Power and Mbulelo Grootboom, a scene from the performance at PTE)