Between the Pillar and the Post

In Audio

This audio-visual installation features audio recordings of contemporary South African monologues (and one scene), performed by some of South Africa’s most exceptional actors and accompanied by photographic portraits of each character. The performed texts have been selected to represent a range of South African identities, perspectives and contexts, and feature seven languages, not all of them official. The intention rather is to capture language as it is spoken, with all the resonance the dynamism of the spoken word carries of history, memory, movement and expression. The evocative photographs offer another avenue to meet the characters who speak these words, and to get a glimpse of the world in which their story takes place and thus more insight into the many, many different lives lived in this complex and diverse country.

Nearly all of these pieces were selected from Between the Pillar and the Post, a multi-lingual anthology of contemporary South African monologues and scenes published by the Market Theatre Laboratory, in partnership with Diartskonageng, in 2019. This ground-breaking new collection offers a broad range of texts, with a particular focus on stories, languages and themes that are under-represented in the South African theatre canon. The intention of this compilation is to reflect the diversity of South African people in the characters and conversations on the page, ensuring that every actor, especially those in student and audition contexts, has the opportunity to perform in their mother tongue, and to work with writing they connect to; that feels current, relatable, and accessible.

Summaries of the pieces will be available in isiXhosa and English, along with some context and history about the language it’s performed in.

Scroll down and click on the monologue titles below to access the character portrait, write ups in English and isiXhosa and the monologue in full.

Genre: Soundscape

Format: Captured Installation

Languages: English & isiXhosa

Ages: All ages

Date: 8  to 31 July 2021

“Between the Pillar and the Post” is available for sale HERE.

Concept and Curation | Clara Vaughan

Sound Design | Yogin Sullaphen

Photographer | Thandile Zwelibanzi

Producer | Thandeka Nheke

Text Summaries | Monageng Motshabi


isiXhosa Translation Dramaturge | Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala

isiXhosa Translation Writer | Ntumekelelo Siyepu

Exhibition Concept | Hayleigh Evans

This is a project of the Market Theatre Laboratory


Mongiwekhaya | Translated by Tumeka Matintela | Performed by Khanyisile Ngwabe

Pure Light in Tight Diesel Jeans

 Mongiwekhaya | Translated by Themba Mkhoma | Directed by Monageng Motshabi | Performed by Warren Masemola


Omphile Molusi | Directed by MoMo Matsunyane | Performed by Thato Barileng Malebye


Kgothatso Makwala | Performed by Kgothatso Makwala


Dr Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha | Directed by Thabiso Rammala | Performed by Relebohile Mabunda

Coming for You

Olivia Fischer | Directed by Clara Vaughan | Performed by Khanyisile Zwane


Vuyisile Mshudulu | Directed by Monageng Motshabi | Performed by Dambuza Nqumashe, Foxy Riet & Madge Kola


Written, directed & performed by Klara Van Wyk