A play in recognition of the 100 years that had passed since the implementation of the 1913 Land Act, Milk & Honey told the story of a young and successful man who had lost his way, leaving ancestry and spirituality behind, and with no rootedness to the land in which he was born. In Milk & Honey Revisited, extracts of this original tale are unearthed and expanded upon, in particular the closing solo originally performed by Motlhapi, now reworked as a duet through the collaborative inputs of Billy Langa.

Milk & Honey Revisited is a play that comes to life through its use of song and dance – Tswana traditional dance merges with contemporary interpretative movement and striking duets – but it also prizes language. The writing is rich and immersive, while the shifting narrative point of view held by Alfred Motlhapi and Langa lends the play a distinctly folktale-like quality.

Equal parts conceptual and experimental, Milk & Honey Revisited frequently breaks away from its own structure in order to analyze the various scenes and components that comprise it – “It’s a lovely scene! Land, gender, it’s all there!” they say to each other. Or, “It’s Dadaism, we are on the cutting edge, man! If you want theatre with a capital ‘T’ go to fukken Montecasino!” In this way, the revisiting of Milk & Honey happens in real-time as Motlhapi and Langa regularly break characters to analyze and unpack the scenes they’ve just performed.

Milk & Honey Revisited is a decidedly self-aware performance that embraces play and collaboration in order to both build upon and reconsider the original play. The choreography is key, too. At times it is slight, a tentative and delicate balance and twirl, dancing as if on a knife’s edge. Other times, it is deliberately absurd, channeling and challenging notions of futility and embodied history. Finally, there is the dance with the sand – a vital scene. It is a dance that gestures towards or yearns for rootedness in the land, in one’s own identity, full of twisting, turning, and falling, working all the while to seek out a place in the world.
– David Mann

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