A one-woman show performed by renowned actress Jailoshini Naidoo, the play raises larger questions about South African Indian identities—questions of alienation, exclusion, exoticism, and belonging.
In “At the Edge” and Other Cato Manor Stories, Ronnie Govender offers a series of narratives of life in Cato Manor from the 1940s until its destruction in 1958/9.
Against the strict delineation of identity, the control of space, a state narrative of racial separation and displacement, and an official cartography (of race and economics), Govender sets an unofficial cartography of knowing, belonging and growing, a stature in ordinary character, oral‐influenced mobility of storytelling, a carnivalesque chorus of voices, the ingenuity of tactic – as well as the desolation of suffering and destruction which was to follow the bulldozing of Cato Manor and the forced removal of its residents.
While the stories deal specifically with the destruction of Cato Manor, they resonate with larger claims about South African Indian identities, without simply glorifying them, and without constructing them as identities of exclusion or glossing over areas of difficulty or prejudice; questions of alienation, belonging, immigration, rootedness, exclusion, exoticism and indigeneity swirl through the narrative landscape of the collection.
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About Jailoshini Naidoo
Raised in Chatsworth, Durban, Jailoshini Naidoo is a woman of many trades—an actress, a popular TV and radio personality, a comedienne, and even a much sought after entertainer.
Jailoshini attended Southlands Secondary School in Havenside, and it was there that her passion for the performing arts was first sparked. She continued on to the then University of Durban-Westville, where she earned a B. Paed in English, Speech, Drama, and Communications. She attributes much of her grounded attitude to her strong family roots, crediting her parents, two sisters, and a brother for providing a foundational support system from which she could flourish.
A long-time regular at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban, Jailoshini has received much critical acclaim for her acting prowess. She has received multiple nominations for FNB Vita Awards and a Durban Theatre Award for Best Lead Actress for her work in the one-woman show 1949, in which she portrays 38 different characters, including men, women, and children.
Jailoshini currently works as a full-time speech and drama teacher and serves as Marketing Executive at Calypso Event Management in addition to her many other ventures. She brings relentless energy and enthusiasm to her many professions, working tirelessly through long and demanding hours, all in the name of passion.
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