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A President In Waiting

    by Jan Moran Neil


Drama Play Script: 'A President In Waiting' by Jan Moran Neil

This one woman show written for a young woman of Xhosa origin runs approximately 35 minutes with an opportunity for the audience to discuss what Khululwa might do in the future.

Khululwa, also known as Liberty to her employer, works as a domestic.

On her 21st birthday she is planting seeds in her madam’s garden. She decides to write to President Nelson Mandela and ask him a very important question.  She tells him, by means of acting out as her seven year old self and as her mother in domestic service and her grandmother who lives on the farm, about growing up in South Africa.

Khululwa has read Maya Angelou and acts out Rosa Parkes renowned refusal to give up her seat to a white person on a bus. She tells him her hopes and dreams for her future. The day transpires to be an auspicious one as her white madam calls that Madiba today has died.

Khululwa is left with a dilemma. Should she bury her letter and forget about her hopes and aspirations? Or should she act upon the letter and answer her own question: what must I do for tomorrow? Is it realistic to think that Khululwa can become President or can she become president of her own life and carry the trowel/baton on for the next generation?


35 mins approx



  • Khululwa - 21
Voice over of South African white madam (4 lines)

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