Dipalo | Audio Version

Dipalo is an important and timely audio only play exploring the agency of young people in an exploitative world.

The play deals with the pervasive threat of gender-based violence against the backdrop of charismatic religion. In a space that preaches safety and solace for lost souls, the dangers of the predatory and ruthless can be obscured from view. In finding one another, two young people are able to build a solidarity which strengthens them to deal with the challenges and lies that the adult world has fashioned.

Dipuo has always respected her Aunt Mmaletsatsi, a reputable human rights lawyer. Now an investigation by Mmaletsatsi leads her to Theko, the protégé of the powerful and dangerous Pastor Sam. Consumed by his own power and wealth, Sam will do anything to protect his control of his world. The two young lovers of numbers use social media to communicate and share their ideals and later to challenge the powers that be.

This powerful play for teens, written by Lalu Mokuku and Ginni Manning, was the winner of the 2nd ASSITEJ African Playwriting Competition in 2019 and was featured at ASSITEJ SA’s 2019 Cradle of Creativity.

Now Dipalo comes to vNAF in audio format.

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration (minutes): 80mins
  • Ages: 13+
  • Release Date: July 14, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English



Written by Lalu Mokuku & Ginni Manning
Produced by Assitej SA

Pastor Samson Zozo — Kitso Seti
Dipuo Mabae — Zamah Nkonyeni
Theko Lentsoe — Tebatso Molapo
Mmaletsatsi Mavis Pholo — Tshegofatso Mabutla
Sangoma — Anathi Godlo
Mama — Balindile Ka Ngcobo

Production credits
Original reading directed by Warona Seane for Cradle of Creativity 2019
Audio version directed by Tshegofatso Mabutla


Lalu Mokuku is a theatre maker, writer, facilitator and citizen of the world, currently based in South Africa. She studied in Lesotho and South Africa. She co-wrote Dipalo, the ASSITEJ SA Award winning play, with U.K. theatre maker and writer, Ginni Manning. She is a co-editor of Aerial 2018 publication where her short stories, poems and prose are featured. Her drabble appears in the 2019 English Academy Review (EAR). She currently facilitates learning at Rhodes University’s Drama Department, focusing on theatre for social justice, as well as theatre making for children and young audiences. Under the mentorship of Makhaola Ndebele, she directed a 100% Sesotho play, Mosali Eo U’Neileng Eena by Ntšeliseng ’Masechele Khaketla, for the Market Theatre. Lalu is a member of Write Local Play Global, the playwright organisation associated with the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), and an Executive Committee member of ASSITEJ. She is one of 20 playwrights who participated in the 2020 University of Johannesburg’s Playwriting Laboratory. Her research interests include translanguaging and exploring how the arts can facilitate the learning of mathematics in schools and beyond.

Ginni Manning is a playwright, theatre maker and writer from Liverpool, U.K., who co-wrote Dipalo, the Assitej Award winning play, with Lalu Mokuku, a theatre maker from South Africa.
Ginni completed the Higher Education Certificate of Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool in 2013, concentrating on Screenwriting and Writing for Performance. She was an inaugural participant in the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres Playwright Development Programme in Liverpool in 2015 and completed the M.R. Advanced Playwright Programme in London in 2018. Ginni worked alongside the Lantern Writers, promoting new theatre writing, for five years. She is a member of Write Local Play Global, the playwright organisation associated with ASSITEJ (Th e International Association of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences) and performed at the ASSITEJ 2017 Cradle of Creativity.
She has theatre work on regularly in the U.K. She is a facilitator and writer for Writing on the Wall, based in Liverpool. She appeared at the Action Transport Theatre Writers’ Ball as Writer In Residence and assists their Young Writers group, with award winning playwright, Kevin Dyer. In 2020, Ginni was chosen by the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool to be part of the Sphinx 30 Theatre Female Playwright Development Programme, in which she receives a commission to write a full-length play and attends masterclasses with a network of 30 other female playwrights nationally.