Why does society expect marriage to be everyone’s desire? This is the question actress Dineo Lusenga, and actress and Director Khutjo Green are tackling in their first ever stage collaboration “Mirage”.

Mirage is a collaborative project between Wits BA Dramatic Arts graduates, Green and Lusenga, written and directed by Green, performed by Lusenga. Green is a proficient theatre practitioner, having performed in multiple stage productions such as TARTUFFE directed by Sylvaine Strike and the highly acclaimed Animal Farm directed by Neil Copper, and directed the Gcina Mhlophe written classic Have You Seen Zandile? We were also introduced to Green’s television work on Skeem Saam and most recently Guilt, on SABC 2. This will be Lusenga’s first stage performance since her days as a Wits drama student. Lusenga’s catalogue of television acting work includes shows such as Intersexions, Mutual Friends, Hard Copy, Nkamogeleng and her recent world acclaimed short film “Nomfundo”.

Mirage is a sketch comedy piece about the fabulous, stylish and independent serial maid of honour, Mandisa Sithole. While she is busy creating unforgettable weddings for her close friends and clientele, everyone around her, especially her nagging mother, wonder when her day will be. Bonolo calls her a gamophobe, whilst her other friend Nthabiseng completely understands and respects the arrangement she has with her man. Mandisa fears the day when Thabang proposes, will she say yes or no?

“We have wanted to work together since 2015 but we couldn’t find the right text. When we started talking about the concept for Mirage, it became clear that we had something to say, so we started workshopping our own text. We are very excited to finally share this work with everyone,” says the co-producers Green and Lusenga.

Mirage will be staged at the Pop Art Theatre, Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg from the 8th of March until the 11th of March 2018. POPArt stands for People of Performing Art, and that’s exactly what they are about: providing a platform for the showcasing of some of the freshest work and ideas from some of the hottest emerging and established Performing Arts talents in Johannesburg.