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.