Students Perform Water Is Life Play on Durban’s Beachfront
The play was staged under the guidance of Lecturers, Mrs Bridget Horner and Dr Miranda Young Jahangeer.
‘It was the culmination of three months of interdisciplinary experimentation with socially responsible and responsive pedagogy,’ said Young Jahangeer.
The play was performed in an effort to conscientise and inform the public about the importance of water, especially in a time of drought.
Architecture student Mr Ntobeko Sosibo said: ‘Throughout the play, we made people aware of how precious water is and how to conserve it. With song and dance, we managed to convey that in a fun way. We also engaged with people from all walks of life and heard their stories of how the drought is affecting them and what water means to them.’
Central to the play was the depiction of the Water Goddess with the three themes of the play: inequality; spirituality and scarcity, within the urban rural context. The structure of the Water Goddess was designed and built by architecture students and further enacted by both Drama and Architecture students.
Ms Jenni Roberts said: ‘This interdisciplinary collaboration between Architecture and Drama students really made us grow as individuals. It was a learning experience where we had to step out of our comfort zones and we are really proud of how well we worked together and what we accomplished. ’
Ms Dhiantha Archary added: ‘As architects, this gave us the chance to humanise the profession because often we forget the lived experiences of the built environment and being a part of this reminded us that we are designing for the public.’
“Masihambisane: Water is Life” will be performed again in the second semester, giving the University community an opportunity to experience the full performance.