"...the changes from one emotional state to another, which are the salient part of plot, could not be more clear. As one member of the audience said, we understand the story in our bodies rather than our minds."
The story of a revered South African chief, hounded and eventually squashed by colonialism is ripe for fable. A poignant chapter in a brutal history; ugly evidence of the cynical machine that chewed up lives and reduced one proud culture to supposed oblivion. The familiar spiral of evidence that has marked our human history: Might makes right and the corruption of greed enabling wholesale destruction; while simultaneously, almost as effervescent as the air (in the face of a beast), beauty, nobility and compassion still co-exist, even despite the turn of fate.
Exit/Exist draws inspiration from Gregory Maqoma's ancestor, Chief Jongum-sobomvu Maqoma. A great Xhosa military leader, he played a major part in the 19th-century South African frontier wars. Read more about Maqoma here and here.