SAWAF: Mother to Mother

Date: 31 July – 3 August 2013
Venue: The Loft Theatre
Time: 12pm & 7.30pm
Ticket Price:
Schools: 31 July, 1-2 August - R35.00
All other performances – R80.00


Celebrated author Dr Sindiwe Magona’s compelling story of forgiveness and reconciliation, Mother to Mother has been adapted for the stage in collaboration with director, Janice Honeyman and powerhouse actress, Thembi Mtshali.

Aptly titled, Mother to Mother takes the form of a personal testimony which begs for understanding and redemption as it recounts the unimaginable tragedy that befell two families during a time in South Africa where being a child or a mother was difficult and turbulent.

Although fictional, the play is based on a real-life incident and actual events that happened in Guguletu on 25 August 1993, when the world was stunned at the news of the murder of the young American Fulbright scholar, Amy Biehl, just months before South Africa was to celebrate its freedom from oppression.

Mother to Mother is an intimate and moving portrait of a woman struggling to make sense of her son’s actions. It takes a compassionate look at the devastating effect of violence and anger in an apartheid South Africa divided by racial tension and explores the question of where the responsibility for this violence lies. Offering solace and explanation, the murderer’s mother describes her feelings as she tries to make sense of the pressures and circumstances brought about by an oppressive system which drove her son to the crime.

With Original Set Design by Dicky Longhurst, Original Lighting Design by Mannie Manim, Original Props by Koos Marais, Photography by Eric Miller and Music Composed/Advised by Neo Muyanga, this not-to-be-missed production carries a powerful message of forgiveness and reconciliation.