Dehumanising campus video inspires 2016 Zwakala Festival Play


his year marks 25 years of the Zwakala festival, one of the most dynamic and ground breaking festivals aimed at uplifting Community based theatre makers. Isithunzi the winning production in 2016 gets a season on the prestigious Market Theatre stages. This new work by upcoming playwright Sipho Zakwe and director Luthando Mngomezulu showcases the Department of Arts & Culture’s Incubator programmer’s commitment to unearth talent and provide a platform for artists to hone their skills.

During 2007, a video about four white male students displaying despicable behavior towards a group of black middle aged cleaning staff went viral. The students were dubbed by the media

‘the Reits four’ the story grabbed national headlines and caused an outrage. Isithunzi gets into depth of this disgraceful and humiliating incident in a family when two boys, UScelo and uMuzi, sons of one of the women humiliated in the video attempts to come to grips with the impact of the incident on their family’s reputation and stability.

Isithunzi, loosely translated as “shadow” in its singular form explores themes of dignity, respect and reconciliation. The play offers a fascinating window into the world of the two brothers who are forced to grapple with themes of reconciliation, integration and the grey area in between.

This dynamic production will create conversations about an uncomfortable subject in South Africa. Isithunzi will challenge social norms and race relations in South Africa.


Lighting Design
Set Design
Costume Design
Sound Design
Stage Manager

Sipho Zakwe
Luthando Mngomezulu
Ntshieng Mokgoro
Omphile Molusi
Thapelo Mokgosi
Shilongoane Nkwana
Nthabiseng Malaka
Ntuthuko Mbuyazi
Ali Madiga

DAC Incubatees
Production Manager Incubatee
Designer Incubatee
Costume Designer Incubatee
Set Designer Incubatee
Sound Designer Incubatee
Stage Manager Incubatee

Tumelo Bookie
Hlalani Ntando Makhubela
Ratang Mogotsi
Mbali Silvia Nkambule
Maggy Selepe
Tebogo Andronica Mashishi

Sipho Zakwe
Musawenkosi Kumalo

Age Recommendation
Show times

26 May – 18 June 2017
The Ramolao Makhene
@The Market Square
16 L
1h10 minutes
No interval
Tuesdays to Saturdays @ 20h15
and Sunday @15h15

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke
011 832 1641 ext 203.

Season Special Ticket R90.00

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