By Lereko Mfono
About Water Wars:
In the South African township of Meokgo, a protest against bureaucratic negligence has been dragging on for years. Caught in the crossfire are the young people who have been confined to their houses by their parents, both as part of the protest and to help keep them safe. The play explores the importance of the community and the devastation that befalls the young when bureaucracy and ideology stand in the way of dreams.
Lereko Mfono is a multifaceted writer from South Africa. He started writing theatre for young audiences in 2012 and has since had his work developed and performed in South Africa, France and the United States of America. He is part of the leadership of playwright’s network Write Local Play Global which aims to connect playwrights for young audiences worldwide.
In 2018 Lereko was selected as Artist-in-Residence by Ann-Arbor, Michigan-based company Spinning Dot Theatre, where he presented talks on Playwriting at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. The residency coincided with the international premiere of his play The Kids from Amandla Street.
Lereko Mfono has written for the award-winning soap opera Isibaya and was selected as one of the 2019 Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans. He is currently Project Lead on Heartlines’ Fathers Matter Project, the largest fatherhood campaign in the history of South Africa.
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