Abaminza: Dialogues with the Drowned. Unearthing recovered histories of men who perished on the SS Mendi
DUT second year Drama and Production students are staging a brand new especially-created production honouring an important chapter of our complex history, entitled Abaminza: Dialogues with the Drowned – Unearthing recovered histories of men who perished on the SS Mendi which comes to the DUT Courtyard Theatre from Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 October, created, devised and directed collaboratively by Drama HoD, Dr Tanya van der Walt and Senior Lecturer, Dr Tamar Meskin.
The Mendi sank killing 646 people of which most of whom were black South African troops on their way to serve in World War One. Most had never seen the sea before this voyage, and very few could swim. Darro survived the collision, but the Mendi sank, killing 616 South Africans (607 of them black troops) and 30 British crew.
Good to Know
Abaminza: Dialogues with the Drowned
DUT Courtyard Theatre: 51 Steve Biko Rd, Musgrave, Durban.
Off-road parking available.
Show times – Tues, Wed, Fri at 6, Thursday at 4pm
Tickets: R 50 pp and students R 20
Available through secretary Bawinile at 031 373 2194, email: BawinileM1@dut.ac.za
Photos by Val Adamson