At the Edge
Ronnie Govender’s “At the Edge” and Other Cato Manor Stories offers a look into Cato Manor from the 1940s until its destruction in 1958/9 through a series of narratives. 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.
Naidoo’s wonderful performance only enhances the story’s seamlessness, as she shifts effortlessly between characters, adult and child, man and woman, humour and pathos.
Govender’s beautiful script combines with Naidoo’s undeniable talent to tell a story of prejudice, discrimination, and survival in a divided society.
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 MC. 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. Currently, Jailoshini is most recognized as a presenter on SABC2’s Eastern Mosaic. 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.