While most women dream of finding a knight in shining armour to cherish for a lifetime, some women dream of a completely different kind of happiness. They, instead, are in search of the kinds of romantic relationships that will give them a sense of belonging.
I Stand Corrected, which showed at the Soweto Theatre this past weekend is a play about “rage and romance”. It’s a story about a couple from Africa and Europe who move to South Africa hoping to finally find acceptance in a country where gay marriages are legal. This artistic play, takes us through the journey of a lesbian couple that is supposed to get married but the main character, ends up attacked, raped and murdered because of her sexuality. The fiancée, not knowing that her partner has been murdered, shows up at the altar and eventually walks away thinking she’d been stood up.
Weeks later after not being able to get in touch with her partner, she tries to report her partner missing. But instead, the police mock and ignore her request because lesbianism is deemed unAfrican. The play is a reflection of the intolerant attitudes towards gay couples worldwide. It also shows how some people still believe that lesbianism can be corrected using violent attacks.
This emotional play was delivered by British actor, playwright, director and creator of Sell-Out Oval House in England Masijola Adebayo. Also on the cast is award winning choreographer and contemporary dancer Mamela Nyamza. I Stand Corrected voices out the many cries of the lesbian and gay community.
It’s a definite must-see for those people who still aren’t very accepting of gay and lesbian relationships. It communicates issues of homophobia in full depth. The play showed at the Grahamstown Festival and in London last year. It will be travelling to theatres around the country later this year but details are yet to be confirmed.