Slindile Mthembu is a storyteller. Through her work, she challenges one-dimensional ways of depicting black women and their lives. She was featured in Advance Media’s 100 Most Influential South Africans of 2020.
The proudest moment in her journey was taking 16 young black performers and a creative team to the National Arts Festival in Makhanda in 2016. Their concept musical Milked Voice sold out every day and received standing ovations.
IGAMA? is an award-winning play that Mthembu developed during her master’s in theatre and performance at Wits University. The play tells the story of five women who live in a well-behaved South African community. The aim is to see if the women can break out of their stereotypes, or whether they merely conform to narrow postcolonial South African social norms.
Photo credit: Boipelo Khunou
“My job is to reflect the times that society is living in. I pick up my pen every day because I understand how sharp my weapon is through my words.”