Amy Golding a UK Director and founder of Theatre Auracaria from Newcastle UK, will be bringing together a cast of eight women to perform their real life stories in a production called Mamela at the National Arts Festival 2013 in Grahamstown.
The group comes together from the 11th of June for the rehearsals before travelling to Grahamstown for their performances. The last time they were together was a weeks work followed by a showcase at the Little Theatre in Port Elizabeth in March this year.
The play features eight young women of the Eastern Cape telling their own true stories. The stories are a mixture of moving personal testimonies about their lives, reflection on religion, politics and men, culminating in the uplifting dreams for both themselves and their country.
The Mamela Project was first developed in the Eastern Cape in January 2011, through a series of workshops meeting young women aged 16-30 from around the province. The selected young women came together for the first time during a week long residency and workshops at the Barn Theatre at the Opera House in Port Elizabeth 2011.
The project co-hosted by Isiseko Senkonjane and Theatre Auracaria will be performed at the Masonic Hall from 2 July, 3 July, 4 July, 5 July, and 6 July during the National Arts Festival 2013.