This is a beautiful play. It was reccommended to me by Kat.
a friend of hers in Madison is doing the play there.
Basically, the story of one woman's search for enlightenment (Mecca) through her art. It's based on a true story. Helen did exist. She lived in South Africa and the playwright who bought a home in the town she lived in became fascinated with her story.
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The main character is Miss Helen, an elderly widow, who lives in a tiny village called New Bethesda in the Karoo, South Africa. She is viewed by the local community as a crazy recluse, and spends her days creating sculptures and artwork that decorates her garden and house.
Elsa is a young woman from Cape Town, and is Miss Helen's friend. She is the only person Miss Helen truly trusts. The third character is Dominee Marius Byleveld, who is the pastor of a local church and is determined to get Miss Helen moved to a home for the aged.
There is a strong theme of religion and conflict in the play. The village is a very conservative Christian community that takes offense with Miss Helen's art. They view the statues of owls, mermaids, and pilgrims on camels (all facing east) as idolatry, because they can't reconcile it with their strict Christian beliefs. Unlike the community, Elsa supports Helen's creativity because she views it as Helen's vision for her life and her desire for light and beauty. In the play Miss Helen admits that she started the art to bring light into her darkness. Helen refers to it as her Mecca, because it's a symbol of spiritual fulfillment and freedom.
There is also an underlying theme of racism, although it's not overt it is mentioned a few times. This is of course because the play was written at a time (1980's) in which Apartheid and racial discrimination was a very serious issue.
It was a thoughtprovoking, good read, although it was written as a play and as such, I think I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was watching a performance instead of just reading it.
This is a beautiful play. It was reccommended to me by Kat.