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Ngqawuse [The death of a nation]

Theatre / Rhodes Box

2021 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, Thando Doni’s new work, Ngqawuse, questions the decisions of our past and how those decisions affect us today. The play is influenced by the story of Xhosa prophet, Nongqawuse, whose visions spurred the cattle killings of 1856/7 and resultant famine. Borrowing aesthetics from African ritual, music, song and dance, Ngqawuse’s story is one of love and sacrifice, doom and misery and asks questions of what we are left with, what to do with the untreated wounds of our history.

Please note that this show is in a Rhodes University venue and as such you will be required to show your vaccine certificate or a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof of Covid positive status within the last three months.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Director: Thando Doni
Lighting: Bamanye Yeko
Musical Direction: Anelisa Xapa

Cast:
Mbulelo Grootman
Chuma Sopotela
Indalo Stofile
Busisiwe Damane
Anelisa Xapa

PRODUCTION GALLERY

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre 2021, Thando Doni studied at the Media and Arts Access Centre (AMAC) and Magnet Theatre. He’s performed extensively including with Trojan Horse Story, Inxeba Lomphilisi, Proximity, Loss and Having, #JustMen and Voices Made Night. He’s a resident actor at Bonfire Theatre Company.

Doni won Best Director for Mhla Salamana in 2012. In 2013 he was nominated for the Rosalie van der Gught prize for New Directors at the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. He was nominated for best new work for Ityala Lamawele and Ubuze Bam at the Broadway Worlds Award in 2016 and received a Fresh Creative Award at the Cape Town Fringe Festival in 2017.

  • Venue: Rhodes Box
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: Cnr Prince Alfred Street and Somerset Street, Grahamstown, Makhanda, 6139
  • Ticket Price: R80.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 75mins
RHODES BOX
June 27, 2022   16:00 - 17:00
RHODES BOX
June 28, 2022   16:00 - 17:00
RHODES BOX
June 28, 2022   20:00 - 21:00
RHODES BOX
June 29, 2022   14:00 - 15:00