Paya brings out his best

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 06 September 2016   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Paya brings out his best

Tefo Omphile Paya proved at a theatre night held at Mantlwaneng Theatre on Tuesday that when it comes to live theatre performances he is one of the finest in this country. Paya mesmerised the audience that came in very good numbers with his play Morwa Rising Son. The powerful theatre piece that he wrote himself was made even more interesting by percussionist Volley Nchabeleng who was very well in sync with Paya and his performances, showing that indeed a great amount of work and time went into doing the play. He played different traditional and contemporary instruments with ease and perfection. The play was a good reflection of how family and society influences the lives of boys and the contribution it makes in to them becoming the person that they are. In his play, he emphasised the issue of identity from young school days, to tertiary, and even to finding a job and settling. He showed that even though men are expected to be strong and fierce all the time, they all have the soft and feminine side and are vulnerable.


He showed in his play the struggles and the discomforts that men go through from puberty, tertiary schooling, to relationships and many other challenges. He showed that despite the challenges someone can still come up to become the man that is respected in society. The performance seamlessly carried the audience on a trial with their own thoughts and that made them to experience all kinds of emotions from laughter, surprise, confusion to compassion and feel the same way that the actor was feeling.  Even though the play was based on a male actor, it clearly showed the challenges that every child faces as they grow up on their path of discovering themselves. Paya was excited that the audience was able to appreciate the private being brought to public without making one cringe at all.  Other plays performed for the night were Blue Black and White about Seretse Khama by Donald Molosi and A woman of Many Firsts about Dr Gaositwe Chiepe by Moduduetso Lecoge.