I have learned that when your mother says, let’s go ‘pick-up something’ you’d best try to find a creative way not to go or prepare yourself for several hours of major shopping.
The above is the title of a book that was published late last year (November 2019). Many studies, books and articles have been written on the 1904-1908 German genocide inflicted upon the Nama and Herero people of (then) South West Africa.
The number one thing I was praised for as a child was my silence. The elders of my family and community had sold me a product that said: “If you are a quiet and silent girl, then you are good, nice and smart.” This was a bogus product, but I didn’t realize it at the time.
“You’re too tall.” “You’re too short.” “You’re too skinny.” “You’re too fat.” “You’re too dark.” If anyone ever comes to you with these complaints, tell them; “You’re too nosy, and you’re a fan in denial,” then walk off and continue doing what you’re good at: being you.
After an absence of five years from playwriting, internationally acclaimed Namibian playwright, Frederick Philander has written his first satirical political stage courtroom drama-genre with the ironic title based on a true Namibian court case, I am NOT corrupt…!
The super-talented Philander wrote and presented the first adult nude stage work on the exploitation of women in beauty pageants in the late nineties, The Beauty Contest, and many other Namibian socio-political plays.
Philander’s non-profit and pacesetter theatre group, Committed Artists of Namibia, this time uses as basis the growing scourge of corruption that threatens to destroy the economy and social fibre of the nation.
“Playwrights like me had over many years closely observed how the economy had been plundered and looted with impunity by people with nefarious intentions. These disloyal and unpatriotic persons’ criminal actions forced my hand to take up the pen on behalf of the poorest of the poor in Namibia,” Philander said in
this press release.
In his view, his new the play speaks truth to the abuse of power in a modern day tell-tale of manipulation, opportunism, irony, threads, harassment, bullying, religious fanatics, absurdity and criminal scheming to benefit a few people.
“I wrote this challenging and daring play, my 15th drama, from an inherent sense of patriotism, a civic responsibility and profound social duty to help educate the nation. The work also serves as a warning to those with criminal intentions to seek to harm this nation,” asserted this renowned and acclaimed veteran
In 1996 Philander won the international New York Radio Drama Competition with his play on abject poverty as a global phenomenon, King of the Dump, a stage work that resulted in a critical literature thesis for a Master of Arts in English Studies at UNAM by Errickson Shilemba in 2018.
This son of the soil dramatist has, over four decades, published two collections of one-person and multiple character socio-political-related winning plays. Some of his highly acclaimed dramas had been successfully performed to acclaim at festivals and at universities in countries such as Britain, Sweden, Finland,
Belgium and South Africa.
Philander’s most successful play, The Beauty Contest, in the nineties shattered all taboos in a then very conservative Namibian society, but went on to become an acclaimed continental contemporary play after it was successfully performed for three years running at the Grahams Town Arts festival in South Africa.
Auditions for his new play, to be staged in May this year, will be held Saturday, 15 February at the Theatre School at 09h00. Those interested in roles can call 0817172406 for auditions.