The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri

Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Performed by Tony Miyambo | Directed by Gerard Bester | Dramaturgy by William Harding | Written by Tony Miyambo, Gerard Bester & William Harding

The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri is a sensitive, finely crafted biographic play about Daniel Rasenga Miyambo. A unique, collaborative journey about adolescence, love, loss, grief, memory, and intimacy which unfolds through a personal narrative about a father-son relationship cut too short. Exploring an intimate father-son relationship recalled and reconstructed through memory, remembered moments from the past, fading images captured in sepia-toned photographs, conjured up conversations, snippets of music, truths and half- truths. It is an ancient human attempt to connect our present to the past by mapping our relationships with the one’s we love. The Cenotaph for Dan wa Moriri finds form in grief, examines the disappearance and reconstruction of memory to honour the intimacy of individual history.

Bester, Miyambo and Harding worked to uncover poetic form and reconstruct personal history and narrative and have created a poignant, sincere rendering that critic Adrienne Sichel described as “a mobile, theatrical, tombstone honoring the life and legacy of his parent – the Ekurhuleni hair stylist who fried his own son’s hair.”

This show will be performed for the first time in Cape Town as part of a double bill with Miyambo's other clitically acclaimed solo, Kafka's Ape.

Press & Reviews

  • Wed 12th Jun 2019 Weekend Special

    Everything you said, and how you said it was perfect and sad, and beautiful and true. I think you are the most wonderful performer and actor and wordsmith and theatre magician.

    Dear reader. I urge you to see this. This is theatre at its purest and most direct. It drills a perfect hole straight into your heart.

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