A Molepolole theatre group called Amazon Art Works will showcase its new play titled The Poisoned Apple at Molepolole IHS Auditorium from tomorrow. On Saturday there will be two events at 2pm and 7pm while on Sunday it will start at 6pm.
Mlungisi Molelekeng and Lucas Segopa wrote the play while Amazon Art Works Theatre group administrator, Linda George coordinated it. In an interview with Arts & Culture, director of Ikakanyeng Performing Artists, Dops Baipidi said the objective of the production is to sensitise the society on gender based violence (GBV) and passion killings.
He said such issues are continuously occurring at an alarming rate especially in Molepolole. “The story is focused at GBV that leads to passion killings. it is a tragedy play about a young man named Kentse Senai played by Keorapetse Moeletsi who happened to kill his wife Precious Senai, played by Elizabeth Leuwe ,and her side lover "Flesh" after he caught them sleeping together in his house while he had been busy giving attention to his drinking buddies. ”Kentse ended up in jail and charged with murder. In prison, he shared his story with other inmates and it touched and changed their behaviour and their way of thinking.
They started seeing life differently and realised the effects of their wrong doings to the society,” he said.
He also explained that Kentse’s father blamed himself for his son’s behaviour as he was also living with a burden that torches him emotionally and spiritually adding that he was being haunted by his late wife’s ghost whom he killed long time back and it was not known by anyone except him alone. Senai is said to believe that it was a family curse caused by his deep huge secret. Baipidi said from generation to generation a poisoned apple was passed from one generation to the other. He also indicated that the poisoned apple could also mean the results of eating the forbidden fruit from one man’s garden.
He said even though The Poisoned Apple show had not been supported financially, the Botswana Defense Force's Air Arm Command at Thebephatshwa Air Base partnered with Amazon Art Works Theatre Group by supporting with TAB Band sound system to enhance the performance while Sedux Designs with graphics, Dops Creations with marketing, TheGuy Photography with multimedia and Ari Senwelo, an individual businessman sponsored the show with bottled EAU Propre still water. Tickets are selling at P80 (standard) on promotion and P100 at entrance; VIP ticket at P200, special double tickets for couples at P300. VIPs will also get free Poisoned Apple caps and refreshments during the show.