is coming to Warsaw and Krakow soon. Watch this space.
evenings don’t present their audience with life-threatening situations
(enough). Guava Juice is different.
of South African Struggle poets travelled, from pencil-scribbled
decrepit shacks, through the desperate hands of illegal publishers of
over the African continent, to the minds of engaged students and into
hearts of the packed audience that attended the premiére of Guava Juice. But this event presented a
lot more than just metaphor and meter. Crossing the line between
performer, poetry stepped off the page to present something of the
lurking behind stanzas like
We bring you the
grammar of violence
and the syntax of
from the tradition
of our firearms
you will hear the
verbs of retribution
is to be expected, the prevalent atmosphere of the works of poets
Kgositsile, Mongane Wally Serote, Mazisi Kunene and Breyten Breytenbach
this period is desperate, angry and verging on reactionary violence.
so often silver lines shine through clouds of rage and despair to
the power of literature to transcend time and politics. Charles
Mungoshi’s If you don’t stay bitter and angry
long is accompanied by a lingering violin that says more
experience of exile than any returning politician ever could, while his
remind us that revolution is but a means to an end:
pained look of your father
that took you all these years
lots of places to understand
bantering tone you used with your
and their old laugh
said nothing matters but death
don’t stay bitter
angry for too long
might finally salvage
the old country.
ovations and wolf whistles and more often the property of rock
football games than poetry evenings. When a young audience reacts to a
word programme with shouts of ‘encore’, those who believe in the power
value of language take heart.
This is why
we have decided to offer a repeat performance of Guava
Juice, on Thursday, the 25th of March (further details
below). Entry is free.
Guava Juice will be served.
We hope to
see you there.
Starring: Natalia Durkalec, Wiktoria Ferenc,
Marcelina Hertmann, Ania Jasiak,
Karolina Drejerska, Irmina Kudrycka, Gosia Lipka, Zuzanna Gulczyńska,
Skrzypczak, Cyryl Kwaśniewski, Kasia Sielicka, Tertius Kapp, Cormac
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