Napo Masheane, one of South Africa’s a multi-award winning poet, playwright and one of the leading matriarch theatre-makers in South Africa recently premiered virtually a thought-provoking choreopoem play called ‘My Vagina Was Not Buried With Him’, at the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) alongside other internationally renowned artists/ performers from Canada, Jamaica, Sudan and the United Kingdom.
My Vagina Was Not Buried With Him is a heart-rending choreopoem-play that explores the self-mutilating circus of trauma which has painted a lot of sister-friends as poster faces of femicide in South Africa. Three out of many of these young women made it into media headlines sparking a huge hashtag movement: #AmINext #MeToo #NotJustAHashtag #MenAreTrash… and they were: Karabo, who was declared missing only to be found burnt alive by her boyfriend. Nene, who was raped and bludgeoned by a man who had earlier served her at the local post office, and the eight-months pregnant Tshego, who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend’s best friend and found hanged on a tree. 
This choreopoem told through the story Nthate’s, a Mosotho makoti (bride), who holds a microscope over fears that many young girls and women live under. With this finds herself conflicted and in a state of utter desolation as she struggles to cope with the dire expectations imposed on her as a Mosotho woman and even the perils she’s forced to live with even after the death of her husband. The barriers and lines between life and death are then blurred as they bridge between the spirit world and the real world. The three sister-friends evoked by Nthate’s tears at the graveside; claw their ways out of their own graves to rescue and silence Nthate cry. Through tears, laughter, resistance, beauty and humour, the four sister-friends set a course for a life changing journey and embark on road-trip, which will go against traditional and cultural norms as well as exultantly ensuring them to search, find and reclaim their vaginas back.
‘My Vagina Was Not Buried With Him’ will have its opening night on the 19th of March at the Joburg Theatre and will then move to open at the Soweto Theatre on the 24nd of March.
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