Mother to Mother

Performed by: FreeVoice Theatre

No director listed

No playwright listed

Note: This production is no longer being performed.

American Fullbright scholar Amy Biehl is killed in the Gugulethu township of Cape Town: it’s a senseless murder, carried out by four youths. The mother of one of them tries to make sense of it all by recounting events in an imaginary conversation with Amy’s mother. It’s a real ‘heart to heart’ communication of personal testimony in an imaginary response to this real event, showing how one unforgiving moment in an ordinary day had repercussions beyond the imaginable. Mother to Mother tells a powerfully moving story of forgiveness, reconciliation and understanding across cultures and continents.

Performer: Thembi Mtshali-Jones

Workshops: There will be a talk-back with learners after the show for 20-30 minutes.


65 minutes
Recommended Age:
13 years – Adult
Recommended Grade:
Grade 7 – Grade 11
English (first language) No second language listed.
Curriculum Connection:
Creative Arts, Dramatic Arts, History, Home/Additional Language, Life Orientation/Life Skills, Social Sciences
Themes Covered:
Choices, Death, Family dynamics, Group dynamics (peer pressure), Heroes, Identity, Intra/interpersonal conflicts, Morality, Poverty, Racism, Survival, Tolerance, Violence


Festivals attended: Baxter Theatre, National Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Afrovibes Festival