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07 SCORCHED is an epic yet intimate family drama by acclaimed Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad. The play follows twins Janine and Simon Marwan on a riveting journey to the heart of their mothers war- torn Middle Eastern homeland in pursuit of their tangled roots and a long-lost sibling. In this land the twins uncover shocking secrets about their mothers history and also about themselves and their origins. Writing for The Guardian Lyn Gardner describes SCORCHED as a beautiful sorrowful play about the legacy of anger and the cycle of revenge and war. According to director Jade Bowers On the surface SCORCHED may appear to be a play about the atrocity of war and the poetry of loss. But for me it is more importantly a play about who we are and where we come from. It is about family memory and history she says. It is about secrets and lies and about a labyrinth of other nuances that make people cultural beings she adds. Jade has demonstrated an extraordinary passion and flair for all aspects of theatre as well as an aptitude for shining in complex roles ranging from artistic direction and design to technical management and producing says UJ Performing Arts Producer Grace Meadows. Bowers graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Drama and Sociology and an Honours degree at the University of the Witwatersrand with a focus on directing and design for the stage. She was named one of AfriPOPs Top Five Female Theatre Makers in South Africa received a Naledi nomination for Best Sound Design and Best Cutting Edge Production. SCORCHED runs in the Rhodes BoxTheatre atthe National Arts Festival from 8 to 10 Julyand in the UJ Arts CentreTheatrefrom 27 Julyto 6 August. Left Jade Bowers Photo Jan Potgieter Precious Maputle THE NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVALS SUPPORT OF THE REGENERATIVE AND CATALYTIC ENERGY OF THE YOUTH IS REPRESENTED BY THE STANDARD BANK YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS WITH THIS YEARS WINNERS TAKING ON ISSUES AROUND IDENTITY REPRESENTATION AND CHANGE. THEATRE WINNER JADE BOWERS IS SET TO DIRECT SCORCHED WHICH EXPLORES THE NUANCES OF IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE BEYOND THE SIMPLE BLACKWHITE BINARY OF OUR APARTHEID PAST. SCORCHED