THE SIMPLE HARD – SOUTH AFRICAN DRAMA PLAYS
South African Drama Plays – In ‘The Simple Hard, ‘ Bheksisa is disowned by his Stepfather, Mike and his mother, Masi, he is told to leave the house in the middle of the night. He is told that he has dishonoured the family name and brought shame to Mike, who is the head of his church, because he slept with his girlfriend, Thato, making her pregnant, but becoming HIV positive at the same time. Bheksisa is told that he now has ‘dirty blood’ and to leave and to never come back.
In anger, Bheksisa confronts his girlfriend, Thato and breaks up with her, even though Thato swears that he was the only one and she has no idea how she could be HIV positive. After he has gone, she takes her own life in despair.
A heartbroken, guilt ridden Bheksisa leaves his home and drowns his sorrows in beer. But he does not know that he has been framed and that his Stepfather, Mike has had the tests forged. Mike is blackmailing Bheksisa’s mother, Masi, to keep her quiet and to keep Bheksisa alive, because she has found out that Mike, who is the leader of his congregation is not the good person everybody thinks he is and he is dealing in human body parts and using them for Muti.
When Mike is arrested, Masi seeks Bheksisa out to try to make things right with him.
‘The Simple Hard ‘ is the first in a series of South African Drama Plays by local writers that we will be running. The author will allow workshopping of the play. This play has been performed at the SANTCA play festival. Julius Radebe has won many awards locally, in South Africa at national play festivals for his work, including “Best Ensemble production” at the recent Franklin Players festival, 2012.
Author: Bheki Julius Radebe
Genre: South African Township drama
Type: One act play, full length
Length: Ninety minutes
Actors: 4M, 3F
Ages of actors: 2 middle aged to older middle aged, 5 in their twenties
Suitable for: PG 14
Set: Simple – can be improvised with a few chairs which change position with scene changes
Level of difficulty: 7/10 – keeping the focus of the audience in this long one act play
Cost is $6
Copyright August 2012 B.J. Radebe Off The Wall Plays