Bongani Mbatha is a much admired Durban based actor. This work was created by the very talented Clinton Marius especially for him.
The piece does not work for me despite the clever script and excellent acting, simply because I never buy that Bongani Mbatha is a 27 year old single man. He has the physicality of an older executive, a parliamentarian, a tribal elder. He simply doesn’t come across as a shy (young) working class man who joins a church choir for no other reason than his sweetie darling is in the choir.
Wrong vehicle for actor and script. Pity because both are superb on their own.
Sweetie Darling is on at the 969 Festival at Wits Theatre. Gita Pather is the curator of this festival.