Boykie and Girlie

Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Directed by Allan Kolski Horwitz | Performed by Khutjo Green & Craig Morris
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Boykie and Girlie have been together for several years; they live in a comfortable but unfashionable flat somewhere in Johannesburg. They are no longer in the first flush of their lives, experience has roughened their edges. On this particular evening, Girlie returns home and once again finds Boykie in a foul mood. The past and the present collide and what ensues exposes their many different faces: values, ambitions, sexual needs and ability to love.
"The actors simply sing in relation to one another, and as they breathe life into this beautiful script, replete as it is with cutting and barbarous insult and acrimony that comes of familiarity, the combination of performers, words and context are simply delicious to watch unfold. They’re backed by a fabulous set which casts a nod in the direction of Ariel Dorfman’s ‘Delirium’, staged in South Africa a few years ago, replete as it is with an ostensibly functional toilet onstage."
- Robyn Sassen

Boykie and Girlie premiered on 29 July 2014 at the Wits Downstairs Theatre in Johannesburg as part of the SA Season of “Theatre and Politics” organized by Drama for Life.

Allan Kokski Horwitz (AKH) grew up in Cape Town. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to live in Johannesburg in 1986. Since then he has worked in the trade union and social housing movements and continues to be a writer of various genres as well as being an educator, editor  and activist. He is a member of the Botsotso Jesters poetry performance group and of the Botsotso Publishing editorial board.

His books of poetry are entitled Saving Water and There Are Two Birds at My Window; his short fiction is contained in three collections – Un/common Ground, Out of the Wreckage and Meditations of a Non-White White. He has also written a children’s parable entitled Blue Wings .

AKH has written five plays: The Pump Room,  Comrade Babble, Jerico, Book Marks and Boykie and Girlie .

Khutjo Green
Director, Performer, Writer, Physical Theatre Artist and Activist Born in Polokwane, Khutjo Green was moulded by a curious liminal space that traces between Johannesburg and Pietersburg. A nomadic spirited being by virtue of her travels back and forth, to and from, here and there, created a curiosity for exploration. She became a seeker and this would inform the way she forged her inquisition in life. A pilot at heart, Khutjo Green knew for certain that she had to occupy spaces that would compliment her thirst for adventure and possibilities to embrace non-routine. She had her first taste of performance in THE CAGE BIRDS directed by Janet Jobson. She studied at the University of Witwatersrand where she attained her Honours Degree in Bachelor of Dramatic Arts. She majored in Physical Theatre, Writing and Performance.

Her professional theatre accomplishments include: Olive Tree dir. Ntshieng Mokgoro, which toured numerous theatres and NAF. BROKEN DREAMS dir. Pusetso Thibedi, ITYALA LOMHLAWULO dir. Jefferson Tshabalala, BRER RABBIT dir. Gina Shmukler, ECLIPSED dir. Warona Seane, UHAMI AJI  dir. Thabo Rapoo, STORIES FOR THE FUTURE devised by DFL Lab. Her television appearances include: presenter for AFRICA WITHIN and DUMISA and she can be seen in SKEEM SAAM as Detective Ledwaba. Khutjo Green was awarded with a Naledi Theatre award for Best Performance by Actress in a Lead Role (THE LINE) in 2013.

Craig Morris Bio:
Craig Morris is a versatile performing artist and educator who includes Physical Theatre, Mime, Contemporary Dance and Clowning in his repertoire of theatre and film performance, directing, teaching and choreographic skills. Craig is continuously involved in numerous educational, commercial and corporate productions as a physical performer, movement training specialist, Classical and Contemporary Mime artist, script writer and Director. Craig continues to premier new, original theatre work, which educates and provokes critical thinking and innovation.

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