• Dean Kotze

#CTFringe17 - The Water Warrior

The Water Warrior explores the challenges faced within a community with regards to a water crisis. Written and Directed by Yasmin Hankel and featuring Vuyo Nkuzuma and Yasmin Hankel, The two main characters in this story, Nomandla and The Warrior, are the vital point of an ever-changing time within female representation.

Water scarcity leads young Nomandla to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. She decides to take the drastic steps to protect those who look up to her as their role-model. Her acts of leadership and heroism causes her to eventually be known as "The Water Warrior".

The story explores some of the many challenges which have been caused by the water crisis. It is a coming of age production which strives to motivate, mainly children and/or teenagers, to be able to find their inner strength and to become an inspiration to all those around them. The production also asks the controversial question, 'what will happen once the taps run dry?". These issues are answered in what comes together as a cautionary tale displayed through visual theatre and dance.

The production also expresses the important values and principles in striving to work together as one, in order to make a difference and to reach out to the community. It is a family orientated production which depicts various interactive aspects, which immediately captures the audience, making it a memorable for the entire family, and Vuyo Nkuzuma and Yasmin Hankel's energetic performances ensures that the electric atmosphere is maintained.

This production run for 35 mins, s(o kids won't have to sit still for too long) and forms part of physical theatre. The Water Warrior's last performances are at the Bindery Lab, an intimate theatre space, situated in the Ritchie Building at UCT's drama school in the Gardens. The show is open to all ages at a cost of R40-00 per person and ran from 23 September -01 October at the following other Fringe venues:

a) 23-24 September (Delft Black Box Theatre), and

b) 28-29 September (Ithemba Labantu).

You have one last chance to catch The Water Warrior at 1 October. Tickets are available at www.capetownfringe.co.za.

#lifeorientation #feministtheatre #nationalartsfestival #capetownfringefestival #theatrecapetown #westerncapetheatre #universityofcapetown #binderylab #waterwarrior #watercrisis

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