Peeling Shadows

Peeling Shadows is the latest theatrical experience from The 3rd Theatre Collective, born out of their time at KWASHA! Theatre Company’s 2020 internship program. It follows the infamous Pamela Jack, a disgraced detective on a quest for redemption after fumbling Johannesburg’s most notorious corruption case, causing a six year long investigation regarding the notorious Gumede Family to go cold. After yet another day of humiliation at the Police Department, Pamela encounters a mysterious young girl, Boang, wandering the streets alone. Little does Pamela know, Boang holds the key she needs to crack the Gumede case.

Peeling Shadows is inspired by the pervasive South African Urban Legends that reside in our collective consciousness, exploring the lives and importance of essential workers through myths and how often we allow those same legends and myths to prevent us from connecting with each other. Dubbed a: “Comedic theatrical visual illustration”, the play blends cartoon & theatre aesthetics by making use of projection, live illustration, shadow theatre, mime, caricature & music to tell an unforgettable story on redemption, classism, justice, myth & perception.

The play is a lockdown success story, having performed to full houses throughout its run and marked the return of live performance for the Market Foundation in 2020.

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Ages: 7+
  • Release Date: July 11, 2021 14:00 - July 14, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English, isiZulu, isiXhosa & SePedi



Devised & Performed by: Dintshitile Mashile, Wonder Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Mosehlana Mamaregane, Upile uThixo Bongco and Sboniso Thombeni
Directed by Joel Leonard & Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi
Illustration by Joel Leonard
Musical Composition & Direction by Wonder Nhlanhla Ndlovu & Harry Adu Faulkner
Sound Design by Harry Adu Faulkner
Dramaturgy by Upile uThixo Bongco
Choreography by Sboniso Thombeni
Lighting Design by Sbusiso Ndumndum
Poster Design by Ryan Lloyd & Joel Leonard

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Peeling Shadows


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Meet The 3rd Theatre Collective, a new theatre collective that aims to catalyze and provoke stimulating conversations, particularly relating to the human experience by continuously creating experimental work that appeals to the hearts, imagination and the intellect of their audience members. The company members aim further to create and devise cutting edge work that challenges the different perspectives of narrative in our society on a level of theatre work and ethic. By committing to crash through the glass ceiling, the company members aim to create a broader interest and access to the arts and its spaces. The company members are fresh graduate performers, who want to use this opportunity of working as a collective to grow their networks, skill sets and artistic practices to become the makers of tomorrow.
Under Kwasha! Theatre Company, The members of the 3rd Theatre Collective have created various works that live on in the digital space for all to witness and have access to. The company worked with the Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre Jefferson Tshabalala in J.Bobs Live! Seen Pha Kwa JB! Of Prose, of Poems, of Plays and embarked on a digital intercontinental play, collaborating with theatre makers from three continents & nine countries in The Art Of Facing Fear by Brazilian based Os Satyros Teatro in Sao Paulo. The Art Of Facing Fear would go on to win two awards in the Red Curtain International’s Good The@ter Festival for Best Ensemble & Best Production. In August 2020, the company members directed six shows for an online festival under the theme The Fluidity of Resistance in collaboration with PoPArt Centre, and each production would go on to feature at the Vryfees Online Festival in October. Marking their return to live performance in 2020, the company members devised & performed Peeling Shadows & have most recently made an audio theatre interpretation of Boris Vian’s absurdist play The Empire Builders, in collaboration with Institut Francais Afrique du Sud (IFAS).