‘Ndinxaniwe’ is a contemporary adaptation of Credo Mutwa’s ‘The Coming of the Strange Ones’ from his internationally acclaimed collection of African tales ‘Indaba, My Children’.

The piece follows three teenagers who attend a Catholic school in the forest of a rural town in the Eastern Cape. The teenagers are troubled by a shadow of their past selves which calls them deeper into history. Through drug-induced hallucinations, the boys slip into a deep sleep and arrive in the past, at the first point of contact between the white colonialists and the Black indigenous population.

This work is a critical analysis of the effects of patriarchal conflict, the conquest of the African continent, and its insidious effects on present-day rural boyhood.

  • Ticket Price: R75.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Ages: 13
  • Language: isiXhosa, English


Gallery 44
June 25, 2021

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June 26, 2021

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Director & Producer: Qondiswa James
Production Manager & Assistant Director: Zukisani Nongogo
Performer: Mfundo Zono
Performer: Mphumzi Nontshinga
Performer: Sivuyile Dunjwa
Designer & Technical Manager: Themba Stewart


Qondiswa James is a cultural worker living in Cape Town, South Africa. She is an award-winning theatre-maker, performance artist, film and theatre performer, installation artist, writer, arts facilitator and activist. She is studying her Masters in Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art at the Institute of Creative Arts. Her work engages the socio-political imagination towards mobilising transgression.

She has staged public art interventions at Infecting the City and Live Arts Festival. Her onscreen appearances include High Fantasy (DIFF 2018 Best South African Film Award, Artistic Bravery Award) and Letters From the Continent (Holland Film Festival, 2021). She has directed theatre works including A Faint Patch of Light (winner of a 2019 Standard Bank Ovation Award) and her new original play A HOWL IN MAKHANDA at the Virtual National Arts Festival 2020. She is currently working as a curator on the online stop-GBV+F campaign, Body of Evidence.