Methodist Church Hall • Cnr Milton Road and Wesley Street • Observatory • 7925 • Cape Town

Thembela Madliki: Where She Walked


Written and Directed by Thembela Madliki

Inspired by Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda

Performed by Indalo Stofile, Nthabeleng Jafta and Thandolwethu Mzembe

Photographs by Jesse Kramer

Lighting Design by Frans Mandilakhe Zunguze

Performance dates:  28 October-3 November

Where She Walked is set in a family home in the Eastern Cape’s rural landscape. The production tells the story of a father and daughter who are at odds over plans to sell their family home, and the land it’s on, to developers. Their disagreement reflects a history of competing beliefs in their family. Where She Walked uses aspects of landscape theatre and magic realism to express the underlying tensions between father and daughter. The production merges the past and present in order to facilitate the discussions in the estranged relationship.

“Where She Walked follows the relationship between a father and his daughter. The daughter represents the western world while the father’s views are quite set in stone, representing culture and tradition. I wanted to make a production that spoke to black urban youth and their connection, or lack thereof, to their traditions and cultures. I wished to understand the importance of the rural landscape in helping black people form their identity. The production does not answer any questions but rather it aims to evoke a sense of longing and a willingness to connect to the intangible, spiritual traces that linger in our genealogy”.

Where she Walked performed at on the Arena platform at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda 2019 with Indalo Stofile, Mkhuseli Richard Tafane and Thulisa Mayelo