The Shopping Dead

Faye Kabali-Kagwa

A normal day at the store turns deadly for a few store employees. A customer with an innocent seizure turns out to be carrying a deadly load. Watch it all unfold through their group WhatsApp chat. The Shopping Dead is a theatrical play designed specifically for WhatsApp. With theatres closed and the world confined to their houses, Faye Kabali-Kagwa sought to produce a theatrical project which takes place in a space where many people are most active – their phones. Blue Ticked is a theatrical project that utilises WhatsApp as its main stage. The audience are voyeurs as narratives unfold before their eyes over the course of an hour. Rather than employ physical bodies these plays allow for the virtual world to be brought to life as text, voice notes, GIFS, memes, and pictures. The Shopping Dead aims to be the first in a range of WhatsApp theatre productions that are accessible for both audience and theatre maker.

This performance takes place over WhatsApp.

To join, select the performance link below from your smartphone or via WhatsAppWeb.

2 July 19:00
3 July 19:00
4 July 11:00

  • Genre: whatsapp performance 11:00
  • Format: Whatsapp Performance
  • Duration: 1hr
  • Language: English
  • Ages: 14+
  • Available From: June 2, 2020


Producer: Faye Kabali-Kagwa
Coordinator and Marketing: Tshegofatso Mabutla
Written by: Ncumisa Ndimeni
Directed by: Lesego Chauke


Faye Kabali-Kagwa works as an arts coordinator, critic, culture writer, and a Salzburg Global Seminar Young Cultural Innovators’ fellow. She is an interdisciplinary practitioner with a strong focus on public engagement, identity, and accessibility with a growing interest in curation and producing. She currently works as a project manager and coordinator for ASSITEJ South Africa, an international theatre organisation that specialises in professional theatre work for children and young people. One of the projects that she currently manages is the In the Works writing mentorship programme for 10 African playwrights. Through her work with ASSITEJ SA she has managed and market both local and international platforms such as Cradle of Creativity, the National Arts Festival, Obz Family Festival, and the Vrygrond Family Festival.

Ncumisa Ndimeni is a Johannesburg based writer who trained in performance and theatre skills at the Market Theatre Laboratory. She has written  award winning plays – Hani: The Legacy (2019 Naledi/ NAF17 Gold Ovation), and Pop iCherri (NAF17, Student Merit- Best Original Work). A monologue from How to Crack a Coconut – her first solo written play, which had a run at Pop Art Theatre – forms part of the anthology book, Between the Pillar and the Post.

Lesego Chauke is a Cape Town based theatre-maker and academic. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the UCT Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies under the Re-Imagining Tragedy in the Global South (RETAGS) programme. She has provided technical support for local and international festivals, including the National Arts Festival, Dancing on the Edge And Afrovibes Festivals in the Netherlands and worked with the Mothertongue Youth Project in the Langeberg Region a an arts facilitator. Her most recent projects as dramaturg include the film The Jaguar’s Daughter, directed by Puleng Stewart and A Faint Patch of Light, directed by Qondiswa James. She has participated in Gavin Krastin’s performance art festival, Arcade, for the past two years as designer and dramaturg, in which she collaborated with Namisa Mdlalose and Mlondiwethu Dubazane respectively.

Tshegofatso Mabutla is a multilingual performing artist, theatre director, writer, arts facilitator and content creator. She recently completed her BA Honours from the University of Cape Town in Theatre and Performance. During her studies she learned how crucial collaboration is to sustaining abundant learning.
Her stage appearances include My Skin Again directed by Qondiswa James (Makukhanye Art Room, 2017), Shwele Bawo! Directed by Ntombi Makhutshi (University of Cape Town, 2017), 23 Years, a month and 7 days directed by Nwabisa Plaatjie (Baxter Theatre, 2018). She can be seen on screen in Puleng Stewart and Jannous Aukema’s short film, Until the Silence Comes (Shnitt Film Festival, 2018) and in Jenna Bass’s short film, Sizohlala (Yet to be released). In 2018 she had her debut directing piece, Raising Sunflowers, which ran at Masmabe Theatre at Baxter Theatre Centre. Most recently she was part of the Institute of Creative Arts’ Live Art Workshops where she created and performed If I dream more am I free? (2019). She is currently a facilitator and arts administrator for Baxter Theatre Centre’s Zabalaza Festival.