Two stories run together as both Jabba and his father, Philani, seek to find their footing far from the lives they know. A collective collaboration, Ubuntu is a play in which humanity and cross-cultural barriers are revealed through the play's text and rich imagery. The play is written in beautiful and unique prose, the result of a series of workshops between five Canadian artists from Theatrefront and four South African actors from Cape Town's Baxter Theatre Centre. The play is an exhilarating and moving reflection of a world in which one is deeply connected to those that surround them.
Theatrefront is dedicated to stretching the boundaries of the human experience through theatre. Founded by Artistic Director Daryl Cloran, the Theatrefront ensemble crosses borders to create unique dramatic work. We cross geographic borders to develop new work in collaboration with artists from other countries. We cross borders between artistic mediums to create theatre infused with music, movement, and media. Theatrefront's work is self-devised and created collaboratively by the ensemble—a core group of theatre professionals who risk, innovate, and experiment together.
"The wise artist knows how to look beyond the borders of his everyday world to find the answers to problems that may seem impossible to solve at home. Daryl Cloran is such a man and his company, Theatrefront, is devoted to just that kind of intellectual and emotional outreach."