The House of Truth, is a bio-play written by Siphiwo Mahala about South African writer Can Themba.
Directed by Vanessa Cooke and performed by Sello Maake ka Ncube. The House of Truth premiered to rave reviews in 2016 at the National Arts Festival. With wit, humour and a deep sense of irony, it reveals the circumstances that inspired some of Themba’s works and covers some of the aspects of his life that was rarely written about.
Themba’s life story, including his troubles with the Transvaal Department of Education, which refused to recognize him as a qualified teacher despite him holding a degree, is interwoven how he turned to journalism. Rising through the ranks of Drum magazine to become an Assistant Editor, but without any financial reward. These frustrations are shared from his abode, the House of Truth, a single-room bachelor flat in Sophiatown in the 1950s.
The House of Truth was Themba’s way of cocking a snook at snobbery, officialdom and anything that related to bureaucracy. He hosted candid debates where anyone, irrespective of race or social class, was welcomed to participate in intellectual engagement.
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