Truth in Translation

Truth in Translation tells the stories of young, untested interpreters who became the ‘voice’ of victim and perpetrator.

Truth in Translation tells the stories of young, untested interpreters who became the ‘voice’ of victim and perpetrator. They translated simultaneously in the first person, with no time for thought and no option to turn away. Everything flowed through them – lies and truths, forgiveness and rage, pain and celebration. They absorbed everything without having the time to process what they were hearing and speaking until it came back to them in dreams, in their relations with each other and in the haze of drink and dark humor that inevitably came after testimony.

Their mandate was to “not become involved.” Their attempt to follow this mandate is their story. This struggle to remain impervious to what they witness, to use whatever they can find to keep them from self-destruction, leads to the growing awareness that they are not that different from the people for whom they interpret. It is the story of what happens to people who cannot turn away, who are forced to see every side of each truth and lie, and in so doing, test their own identities to the limit. It is a story of what it feels like to bear witness without the option of denial, ultimately revealing that if we drop our masks, we will not die. We will become stronger.

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Truth in Translation Board of Advisors

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Ambassador Barbara Masekela
Cyril Ramaphosa
Anthony Lake
Max du Preez
Glenda Wildschut
Albie Sachs
Charles Villa-Vincencio
Mamphela Ramphele
David Hamburg
Vincent Mai
Mary Tiseo
Pieter-Dirk Uys
Julie Katzman
Sibongile Khumalo
Melanie Verwoerd
Wilhelm Verwoerd
Jonathan Moore
Don Steinberg
Victoria Sharp
George Bizos
Rica Hodgson
Piet Meiring
Peter Storey
Reverend James Morton
Douglas Tanner

Bosnia and Herzegovina
20 September 2008
Mostar, Open Air Performance at the Mostar Bridge
Serbia
26 – 27 September 2008
Belgrade, BITEF, Terazije Theatre
29 September 2008
Novi Sad, National Theatre
2 October 2008
Bujanovac
Kosovo
5 October 2008
Pristina, National Theatre
6 – 7 October 2008
Pristina, National Theatre
8 October 2008
Mitrovica
Croatia
13 October 2008
Zagreb, Gavella Theatre (20h00)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
18 October 2008
Sarajevo, MESS Festival, Zenica Theatre
20 October 2008
Sarajevo, National Theatre
Zimbabwe
29 April – 5 May 2008:
HIFA Festival
Northern Ireland/The North of Ireland
25 October – 3 November 2007:
Lyric Theatre, Belfast Theatre Festival
Sweden
10 – 13 October 2007:
Stockholm Stadsteater
15-20 October 2007:
Folkteatern Theatre, Gotheborg
United States of America
6 – 8 September 2007:
SMU, Dallas, Texas
12 – 15 September 2007:
The Whiting, Flint, Michigan
21 – 23 September 2007:
Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Colorado Springs
28 – 30 September 2007:
Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
4 – 6 October 2007:
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington D.C.
Scotland
3 – 27 August, 2007:
Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Festival
South Africa
1 – 24 September 2006:
The Market Theatre, Johannesburg
13 February – 3 March 2007:
The Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
Rwanda
5 August 2006:
Amahoro Stadium (FESPAD Opening Ceremony)
6 – 7 August 2006:
The French Cultural Centre, Kigali
9 – 11 August 2006:
The National University of Rwanda, Butare

MESS Festival (Sarajevo)Recipient of The Silver Laurel Wreath Award for Best Production
2008
Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards (Cape Town)Nominated for Best New Indigenous Production
2008
The Scotsman Fringe FirstRecipient (Edinburgh)
2007
Amnesty International Freedom of Expression AwardShortlisted production (Edinburgh)
2007
Music Theatre Matters Awards (Edinburgh)Recipient for Best Composer (Hugh Masekela)
2007
Edinburgh Festival FringeNominated for Best Book Writer and Best Musical Production
2007
DressCircle.com Award (Edinburgh)Nominated for Best New Musical Production (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
2007
Guardian Newspaper (Edinburgh)Voted one of the top three productions (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
2007
Naledi Awards (Johannesburg)Nominated for Best Production, Best Musical Performance by an Actress (Thembi Mtshali-Jones), Best Composer/Music Director (Hugh Masekela), and Best New South African Play
2006