The South African government has declared September albinism awareness month. It is no secret that there are many myths that have caused the killing of people living with albinism in South Africa but also broadly in Africa. According to a UN report, nearly 80 albino Tanzanians have been killed since the year 2000.

The Market Theatre in partnership with Molepo Theatre Projects presents Mama, I Want the Black That You Are, a production written and directed by Arthur Molepo, focusing on the prejudices that affect the lives of people dealing with Albinism. The script is based on interviews with real people with Albinism. The production gives the story heart, intensity, depth and direction.

Matlakala, the central character, is a 15-year-old teenager with Albinism. Her mother, Anna is a loving, caring woman and is married to Ike. He is a successful professional and the stepfather of our heroine. Two other characters, also with Albinism, appear as Matlakala’s alter-egos. They represent the conflict in Matlakala’s head. She is haunted by a life of abuse and the secrets she has had to keep from everyone, including her mother.

Myths and beliefs pepper the production, drawing attention to the challenges that people with Albinism and their families have to face.

Mama I Want The Black That You Are will premiere at the Market Theatre for five-day season from 18 – 22 September 2019 starring Puleng Molebatsi, Anneline Mathiba, Lesego Prisca Motswatswa, Alistair Dube and Boitumelo Mathiba

It is a compelling tale of a family with a dark past.

Duration 75 minutes
Age Recommendation 12 years
Season: Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 September 2019
Venue: Mannie Manim
Performance times: Wednesday – Saturday @20h15 and Sunday @15h15
Ticket prices: Tuesday – Sunday R90.00 – R150.00
Student Prices: R70.00

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/
083 246 4950, Magret Charova 011 832 1641 ext 326/ 079 656 2340 and
Jabulisile Mofolo 011 832 1641 ext 204/ 083 203 0531