The powerful and shocking ‘Skierlik’ will return to the stage for a season at the Soweto Theatre from Friday, March 21 to Sunday, April 13.
Written and performed by Phillip Dikotla, the play takes audiences on a journey back home to a town called Skierlik.
The town made headlines in 2008 when Johan Nel, a teenager at the time, went on a shooting spree killing four people. Skierlik is situated just outside Venterdorp. When farm workers were kicked out from surrounding farms, they created a place of their own called Skierlik.
Thomas, like many others, has been living in this small town ever since it existed, fighting and hoping that a day will come when they too will have decent living conditions. With no success over the years, this community quit the struggle for “A better life for all”, and accepted that change will never come to Skierlik. Thomas stayed with his wife, Anna and daughter, Elisabeth, under tremendous poverty, but in peace, until one day when Johan Nel came randomly shooting and killing people, including Anna and 3-month-old Elisabeth.
Played by Dikotla, the story is told from Thomas’s perspective. He tells this story three years after the shootings and his departure from the informal settlement.
Skierlik was originally staged at Mmabana Arts Centre in the North West province. It has since been staged at the Baxter Theatre, Artscape and National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
The play has been nominated for the 2013 Fleur du Cap for “New South African Script” and Phillip Dikotla for the “best performance in a one-man show”.
Skierlik has an age restriction and is not suitable for children under the age of 14.