On Friday, 16 October 2015, the Khulumani Forum Theatre Group of 11 learners from from Lavela High School in Soweto, under the direction of the Khulumani Youth Forum Theatre facilitation team, travelled from the school after a warm-up session to the University of the Witwatersrand to present a performance about teenage pregnancy to the Drama for Life 3rd Year BA class and the 1st Year BA Honours class.
The groups were given 45 minutes to present their Forum Theatre session. The session however ran for a further 20 minutes because of the level of engagement and discussion involving the spectators from Drama for Life. So many interesting suggestions were made that addressed issues of gender, ethnicity and social background.
As the Khulumani Forum Theatre facilitators, we believe this piece has power to provoke very important dialogues amongst learners in high schools in particular given the prevalence of teenage pregnancy and the fact that most young mothers do not return to school after giving birth.
The team that was involved included Khulumani’s facilitators – Nomthandazo Phungwayo, Bonginkosi Mayepu and Nhlanhla Sithole along with the following learners: Mbali Ntuli, Sabelo Sibiya, Evelyn Cebekhulu, Wendy Maseko, Simphiwe, Linda, Celimpilo, Viwe, Lungile, Kwanele and Hlengiwe.
The group provided a series of photographs of their performance at Wits University.
Spectators playing the roles of mother and father, trying to solve their issue about their daughter’s unplanned pregnancy.
A spectator playing a pregnant teen trying to get a commitment of support from her teen boyfriend.