Mutual Friends, much like varsity, is a coming of age of story. In varsity lies the freedom to plan one’s adulthood. You go in there thinking that you are now preparing for the profession or industry that you wish to enter; you are taught by experts in the field as well as having your classmates become your potential colleagues or industry peers.
You are now also allowed to plan your adult personal and social life; for the first time you are allowed to enter an institution of learning and be legally allowed to do most of the things that you’ve always been told you’re too young to do.
It is also probably the first time that you are allowed to dress the way you want to dress. More than a place of exams and assignments, university is the place where you actually learn who it is you want to be in the world.
Often, because of their presumptions about varsity life (and indeed themselves), students walk into varsity with fixed ideas of who they are and who they want to be based on their performance in high school.
Their entire self-concept is wrapped around these ideas. Any dissonance is enough to disrupt the whole structure of their self-concept. Other students also walk into university with absolutely no clue as to who they are, who they want to be or even what to do with themselves.
Simply following instructions from their parents, they enter into university with no sense of direction and even feeling resentment towards the institution.
And then there are those students who view varsity as a huge playground. There are students who abuse that freedom offered to them simply because it was denied them previously. In addition to the show being about students, it is also about parenting.
The state of education amongst many black learners is such that many of their parents are themselves without a higher education qualification.
So a lot of the expectations that students have are in fact informed by the expectations that their parents have. But ultimately, the show is actually about support; the importance of having solid and reliable support systems in place to help mitigate the challenges of varsity life.
It is about discovering ways of being there for one another, and the importance of realising that one is never alone and that private troubles are in fact public issues.
As creator, writer and producer on behalf of MVP Productions, I welcome you all to enjoy the first episode of Mutual Friends.
In watching I also encourage you to also engage with our 3 main characters (Sizo Mxedana, Badanile Nqoloba and That Other Guy) by friending them on Facebook and interacting with them. Take time to explore the rest of the website which will continue to grow as the show does.
Creator, Writer, Producer.