Peter Ultee Productions

Township Boy & Street Sisters

Township Boy & Street Sisters

Created by John Ledwaba and Christo Leach


"I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WERE BURNING INSIDE ME." (John Ledwaba)

"THE HORROR OF THIS GRUESOME TIME IN THE HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA -WE PRESENT THIS PLAY AS A VESSEL OF TRUTHS." (Christo Leach)

TOWNSHIP BOY and STREET SISTERS are the result of two like-minded South Africans simply getting together because they felt the need that something had to be written. Set against the harrowing backdrop of a divided South Africa, these true musical documentaries retell the incidents which had become everyday normalities. The plays gave way to the development of THE MAMU PLAYERS in August 1986 (MAMU being the Indian slang for "friend") and they have since received much international critical acclaim.

TOWNSHIP BOY and STREET SISTERS were conceived in the unique environment of Crown Mines, a mining town situated between Soweto and Johannesburg, where all people could live and work freely together regardless of colour. This small and friendly community thrived on the natural communication of mutual dignity, respect and responsibility for each other, adopting the familiar greeting "Howzit mamu" and acquiring a vision of what the future democratic South Africa should look like. Numerous artists, musicians and writers have nurtured their talents in the creative spirit which emanated from the atmosphere of Crown Mines.

This promising fact was eventually recognised by the sadly ignorant apartheid regime and Crown Mines was destroyed in early 1988. A third of the homes were completely demolished. From the vibrant non-racial haven of the three villages that made up Crown Mines it has now been reduced to two streets, cordoned off by security fencing.

Hardly discouraged, on the 23rd of May 1988 the Mamu Players was launched as a cultural group, taking on board the spirit and commitment of Crown Mines. The Mamu community is non profit-making. Automatically (yet quite contentedly) exempt from government funds, they rely on donations. From humble beginnings TOWNSHIP BOY and STREET SISTERS have flourished to tour many different venues both inside and outside South Africa.

Now well established, Mamu aim primarily to train, develop and expose talents via theatre, music and writing workshops. They experiment with and encourage the creation of cross-cultural talent and rightfully enhance free peoples culture.

 

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