Tell Tale is inspired by Athol Fugard’s plays The Train Driver and Road to Mecca as well as the book Maverick by Lauren Beukes and Nechama Brodie, about Helen Martins from Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo. In February 2018 Kganye undertook research in Nieu Bethesda to unpack the mystery of the Owl House’s enduring mythology and the meaning of the Owl House and the Karoo for Athol Fugard. The project explores the powerful bonds that grow between strangers and the collective truths, fictions, and mythologies circulated about living and moving through the Karoo. Kganye was accompanied and mentored by Cedric Nunn during her time in Nieu Bethesda.
This project was commissioned in collaboration with the Market Theatre’s Athol@86 Season. South African playwright Athol Fugard is one of the world’s most celebrated and prolific playwrights. As Athol turns 86 this year, the Market Theatre’s artistic director James Ngcobo has created a programme that celebrates this renowned playwright in the Athol@86 season.
photographs © by Morris Teboho Mohanoe