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By Sisekho Velelo |
Noxolo Dlamini | On the 10th of March, South Africa’s favourite play Sarafina opened at the South African state theatre. Being, a play that is synonymous with South African theatre, in the states, Sarafina needs no introduction here at home.
We made our way into the auditorium, the lights went down, the curtain went up and standing in a single spotlight was a trumpeter who immediately transported us back to the days of the struggle. He was followed by an older man in school uniform who delivered a monologue that introduced us to the characters and before her name was said there she was, our Actor Of The Week, the dazzling Noxolo Dlamini as Sarafina.
Dlamini is stunning in this role and clearly unintimidated by the mammoth task she has been given. She does not miss a beat, a note or a single moment. Her performance is true to the style yet contemporary in technique, embodying both Sarafina and the next generation. Her performance is faultless and her stamina immeasurable. Not forgetting that the story is older than Dlamini, her empathy left us speechless. It was in a story-telling monologue about Victoria Mxenge, which takes on a one hander like performance as she switches from one character to another, gushing about Mxenge, we decided she had done enough; we were watching a star, a true gem. Her Sarafina was honest and unforgettable.
We take our hats off to the director Mbongeni Ngema, for not only creating this masterpiece but continuously delivering such incredible revivals, giving us a strong supporting cast that reminds us how casting should always be about pure talent, and that South Africa is capable of breath-taking art.
Make your way to South African State theatre something magical is happening on the Opera stage.