An intensely personal memoire written by an actor to honour his father is poised to leave audiences moved, spellbound and reflective at the Market Theatre in October.
‘Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri’ is a poignant reconstruction of Tony Miyambo’s memories of his father and his death, with the intimate father-son relationship played out through remembered moments of the past, fading images in sepia 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 ones we love. ‘Cenotaph for Dan wa Moriri’ finds form in grief, and examines the disappearance and reconstruction of memory to honour the intimacy of an individual history. This sincere and highly personal narrative can also claim a universal context, allowing one man’s story to reflect a shared need or desire by all of us to claim a history of our own.
Renowned theatre critic Adrienne Sichel said: “Memorials and cenotaphs tend to be built out of marble or granite. In memory of his beloved father 26-year-old actor Tony Miyambo has created a deeply poignant monument out of words and mercurial movement.”
In describing the process, Miyambo said; “Dealing with my personal biography to create ‘Cenotaph of Dan WA Moriri’ has been one of the most difficult, yet rewarding processes. When Daniel Rasenga Miyambo died in 2007, the world stopped for at least a week. The funeral was planned, food was prepared, people arrived, he was put into the ground, people washed their hands, ate the food and life moved on – but I couldn’t. Waking up each day after that was painful; I could still vividly recall the tone of his voice, the colour of his eyes and the feeling of his touch.
It haunted me, he lived everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Our life together became an endless loop and the years began to strip away the detail of this man from my mind. My father never got to see me on stage and every time I perform the piece I feel as though I am having a conversation with the audience, myself and my dad.”
Tony B Miyambo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011. He is known for his award-winning role in Mpumelelo Grootboom’s ‘Relativity’ at Wits, which then travelled to Prague for an international theatre festival.
* The run of ‘Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri’ will commence at the Market Theatre on October 13, and will finish on October 30.
To make block bookings, call 011 832 1641ext 121; or 011 832 1641 ext 135.
Father and Son Special – bring your son and pay only R65 per person
● Student Price: R65 (Tuesday – Sunday)
● Tuesday to Wednesday: R95
● Thursday: R120
● Friday to Saturday: R195
● Sunday: R140