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Lily’s Lament

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In February, South Africa woke up to the tragic news that three mineworkers were trapped underground in a container when a shaft gave way, effectively swallowing them under tons of soil. Efforts to rescue the trapped workers proved futile and nearly five months later, their bodies remain trapped in the ground below.

Our production Lily’s Lament is then a theatrical memoir to the trapped mineworkers, an ode to the rigors of time, a meditation on fate and chance, luck and (mis)fortune. 

Working underground is risky business as the earth can give way as and when it chooses. The story is told through the eyes of Sponono a recently married miner who along with his wife was swallowed by the hungry earth.

Starring a cast of three, this play attempts like Marachera to “be caught in the middle of the scream.”

Lily’s Lament does not seek to be a factual account of the tragedy, rather it will attempt to explore the empty moments that occur when waiting for death becomes common cause, and if Waiting for Godot was about the suspension of time in order to reveal the banality of time, a Lily’s Lament  will instead use the following as a starting point:

Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life,” Faulkner.

The show opens on the 27th July and runs until the 06th August, at the Rosebank Theatre.

Show starts at 19:30 and Saturday’s (Matinee) 15h00.

Tickets are R100, R60 students and pensioners, available at the door.

Audience is invited to bring dry food to be delivered to the families after the run of the show.


Luthando Mthi is a seasoned performer who earned his bread working for the Isango Ensemble. 

Khotso K. Manaka and Philasande Goniwe are newcomers to the industry, who have amassed training and experience working for Isu Elisha in the Eastern Cape and Soweto.

Tshepo ya Rona devotes his time working with farmworkers in the Cedarberg region and runs performance workshops in the Eastern Cape.

Media Enquiries: Tshepo ya Rona 083 868 1999.

Ticket Enquiries: Liz 072 316 6133 or visit http://www.webtickets.co.za

27th – 30th July at 19:30

3rd- 6th August at 19:30

with performances on the 30th July and 6th August at 15:00

For Bookings www.webtickets.co.za or call Liz on 072 3166 133

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