I’m in the middle of editing episode 3 of The New Colonialist satirical series. It will feature our heroine’s trip to Lesotho. When I told some British people I was going to Lesotho, they said, ‘Oh, Prince Harry was there last week, I saw it on TV, he set up a charity there.’ I asked everyone I encountered in Lesotho if they had heard of Prince Harry. Everyone in Lesotho replied, ‘Who?’. Maybe this was because I was mainly visiting rural areas where villagers had no electricity or TV.
Meanwhile, here is episode 2, which features a visit to a Cape Town township and then a wine farm.
I’ve been told this spoof is a bit too believable and to ‘be careful’. But I think it needs doing.
In the last few years, I’ve heard a good few white supremacist* views, often presented as ‘facts’. As a British person abroad, guest house owners often give me racist advice. This advice tells me something about the host, rather than being useful information. It also tells me something shameful about the British travellers that came before me.
To cut a long story short, I made this sketch, called The New Colonialist, about a British immigrant in Cape Town.
I’m aware there is more to a place than inequality and racism (I’ve heard that line a few times in Cape Town), and yes, I know there IS crime in South Africa; but it would be odd for me as a satirist, not to write something in about the disturbing absurdities of everyday white supremacy, happening seemingly everywhere right now, all the time.
*Without getting deep into intersectional definitions here, I say ‘white supremacy’ because most people don’t consider themselves racist. But no one can deny that white people are extra privileged.
It’s all kicking off in holiday hotspot, Sea Point. Here’s my latest podcast about the growing resistance movements in South Africa. This time I went to find out about Reclaim the City’s fight to stop the Tafelberg sell off. Workers in the area say the land must be used to provide affordable housing.
Siyaziwa – a Cape Town group of LGBTIQ radio reporters-turned-actors – will be talking about their audio drama, ‘Kwa Ntliziyondise’ (Following My Heart) created at Children’s Radio Foundation.
The interview is part of a day of performance, screenings and interviews curated by the Waugh Office as part the TC Risk exhibition. Watch live and local on the big screen at the Turner Contemporary or watch online.
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Kwa Ntliziyondise is an audio drama (currently being recorded) based on the issues faced by gay and lesbian youth living in the township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, South Africa. The drama is an inclusive project created, written and performed by a group of youth from different parts of Khayelitsha selected through a process facilitated by Health4Men and Free Gender. The audio drama will offer a space to gay and lesbian youth to voice their experiences and create stories that personify their dreams, fears and aspirations. The series aims to foster greater understanding and tolerance for a way of life that isn’t easily accepted in the community. Through authentic representation of the challenges of LGBTI youth the series will open up a space for reflection, empathy and action towards reducing stigma and discrimination.