My One True Friend
This is a story of racism and reconciliation inspired and made up by my time spent in Rhodesia (1976-1985). There seemed a lot of pathos - which I hope comes across in the play - about the treatment of domestic ‘help’ in Rhodesia. Their lives were brushed under the carpet - not even thought of. In the meantime they had to cater to every whim of those they served. This situation is summed up in the character of Kapenie, who is coming to the end of his life. He is grateful to Lady L for keeping him on when they both know that he is well past his usefulness. But this ‘favour’ by Lady L gives her psychological room to bully him even more. His dilemma is how to be a ‘good man’ in his own eyes, and yet stand up for his own rights. Somehow, because of his situation, the two aims clash. They are reconciled by a change of heart in Lady L. The theme behind this play is that if we take the time and make the effort to see into other peoples’ lives more fully, the empathy grows our own life - makes it richer. It is by tolerance that we will survive. Tolerance isn’t just a luxury, I think of it as a necessity for the future of the human race.