The Parrot Woman

The explosive hit production The Parrot Woman sees its revival as it returns to the Market Theatre stages for limited season!

Charles J. Fourie’s critically acclaimed play The Parrot Woman returns to the Market Theatre after its premier in 1990 and last performed in London and Oxford.

Set against the harsh backdrop of the Anglo-Boer war of the previous century this new production features award-wining stage and television actors Gontse Ntshegang and Andre Lotter.

In this new version of the play a woman of African descent is found on a farm with the dead bodies of a Boer farmer, his wife and children. The British soldier who guards this strange parrot woman reveals an even more painful and touching truth surrounding this mysterious and apparently mad woman’s relationship with the farmer, his wife and children.

South Africa’s leading contemporary playwright and director Fourie adapts The Parrot Woman to bring to life a part of history which is seldom told; that many black South Africans were also incarcerated in these concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer war in 1901.

Transferred to a concentration camp she is held captive in a cage and guarded by the unwilling British soldier who seeks the truth surrounding the murders in a game of ritual and escapism. What is disclosed in the touching end sheds light not only on the ravaging effects war has on humans today, but sees two characters find solace in each other’s pain and loss.


Artslink“The setting is a unique one – the Boer war not being the most romantic or exotic of settings for a love story to unfold – but the themes are poignantly relevant. Difficult topics such as family murders are tackled head on, and questions raised as to whether there is a justifiable situation in which to take others’ lives. The Parrot Woman also shines a bleak light on how war can break the human psyche, driving good, moral people to make decisions they never would contemplate otherwise.”

Cape Times – “The Parrot Woman allows audiences a glimpse into a slice of history not frequently interrogated on stage. Viewing the Anglo-Boer War through the lens of this unusual relationship renders the past more vivid and is a painful reminder that not all casualties of war die on the battlefields.”

Oxford Daily – “Powerful theatrical experience by one of South Africa’s foremost playwrights.”

The Citizen – “A remarkable piece of theater by Charles J. Fourie.”

The Argus – “Gripping theater!”

The Star – “A must see!.”


Writer and Director:                                      Charles J Fourie

Lighting Designer:                                           Wesley France

Set & Props Designer:                                   Jade Bowers

Movement Coach:                                           MoMo Matsunyane 

Stage manager                                                   Ali Madiga

Stage manager intern                                     Sanelisiwe Gumede


Andre Lotter as Venter

Gontse Ntshegang as Christina 

Season:                                               Friday 26th – Sunday 25th September 2022

Venue:                                                 The Mannie Manim     

Performance times:                     Tuesday – Saturday @19h00 and Sunday @15h00

Ticket prices:                                    Tuesday – Thursday R90

Friday – Saturday R150

Sunday – R130

To make block bookings and discounts please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/ 083 246 4950 or Bandile Luvalo 078 4344 860

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or



The creative industries of South Africa suffered an incalculable loss with the passing of the

iconic Actor, Director and Writer, Mncedisi Shabangu on the 24 July 2022. Many creatives

descended on Ka-Nyamazane to say final farewell to a peer and mentor, as he was laid to

rest over the past weekend.

The Market Theatre Foundation will be hosting a memorial service for the late Mncedisi

Shabangu on:

Date:  Wednesday, 03 August 2022

Venue: The John Kani Theatre

Time:  12h00 (midday) until 15h00

This ceremony is inspired by the significance of Shabangu’s relationship with number of prestigious cultural institutions globally but there is no institution that occupies a more profound space in the genesis and evolution of Shabangu’s professional theatre career than the Market Theatre.

“As the Market Theatre Foundation we are shocked and saddened by Mncedis’s sudden passing. He was a part of our history – from being an alumnus of the Laboratory, performing in a number of productions staged at the Market Theatre and ultimately giving back through directing and mentoring others. A true ambassador of the arts.

We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends and wish them comfort in the midst of the pain” said Tshiamo Mokgadi the CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation.

The media and all artists, producers and other professionals in the Creative Industries are

invited to join us in celebrating the life of Mncedisi Shabangu through this memorial service.

For more information please contact:

Desmond Mathebula

Media and Publicity – Market Theatre


MTF appointment of Zingisa Jemsana as the first Chief Operations Officer

Women are a force to be reckoned with at the Market Theatre Foundation with the appointment of Zingisa Jemsana as the first Chief Operations Officer

The Market Theatre Foundation is pleased to announce that after a ten month search for the right candidate to fill the position, Zingisa Jemsana was the successful candidate for the job!

Zingisa Jemsana joins a top tier and all black senior management under the under the leadership of Tshiamo Mokgadi, Chief Executive Officer and Mlungisi Mkhayiphe, Chief Financial Officer.

The Chief Operations Officer will provide direction and will be responsible for the managing of the daily operations with regards to the delivery of the organisations mandate, in accordance with the Strategic plan and Annual Performance Plan for the foundation and its various departments.

Zingisa comes with valuable experience in community-based programme management with specific emphasis on managing facilities. She is an accomplished leader with over fifteen years’ experience in both public and private sector. She is an MBA Candidate at Wits Business School; and holds qualifications in Psychology. Her work in government was in departments of Sport; Arts; Culture and Recreation for provincial and local government and she has great understanding of legislation and policies relating to these sectors. Appointing the first COO for the organisation was part of our commitment to strengthening our leadership teams at the Market Theatre Foundation” said Tshiamo Mokgadi – CEO of MTF.

I join the MTF at a time where the industry was re-opening after the restriction that came with the Covid-19 pandemic, so there is a huge responsibility on our part in reshaping how we drive audiences back to the theatre, but also providing access and creating opportunities for professionals in the arts, through training and creating work opportunities. I look forward to being part of the team that’s responsible for reimaging how we grow our business for the benefit of future generations” said an excited Zingisa Jemsana

The Market Theatre Foundation is also on an extensive hunt to fill the Artistic Director position in the next few months – watch the space for exciting new developments.

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or


Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize Award Winning Play “Ruined” makes its debut at the Market Theatre.

The second superb installation of the Women’s Month Celebration Production is the Pulitzer Prize winning play titled; “Ruined” by Lynn Nottage will make its long awaited South African premier at the iconic Market Theatre from 9 August – 4 September 2022 directed by Clive Mathibe.

The phenomenal and award winning ensemble includes film leading ladies and gents, Hlengiwe Lushaba Madlala, Shoki Mmola (2022 SAFTA Best Actress in TV Soap Skeem Saam), Fulu Mugovhani, and Sami Maseko, Molefe Monaisa, Edward Nkumishe, Thapelo Sebogodi (Best known as Kabzela in The River), Anele Situlweni and Vaughn Lucas (Who starred in Legacy). The formidable musical force, Banda Banda, joins the design team as musical director and composer- making his very first debut in theatre!

Lynn Nottage’s Ruined is set in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it follows a life of the tenacious Mama Nadi, a businesswoman who is trying to stay afloat in a world torn apart by civil war. The war has ravaged her country, and especially the young girls who have literally been torn to pieces by soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

Mama Nadi takes “damaged” girls into her brothel/bar and profits from them, but also protects them from the brutality of the world outside her doors. As  such, the women do a fragile dance between hope and disillusionment in an attempt to navigate life on the edge of an unforgiving conflict.

We also meet soldiers and commanders on both sides of the conflict, all frequent customers at Mama’s bar. Ruined was developed during playwright Lynn Nottage’s pilgrimage to Africa, where she interviewed girls and women who themselves were, and continue to be, the battleground upon which war is fought.

Nottage is a multi-award winning American author born in Brooklyn, New York. At age 8, she had already written her first play. Nottage is a graduate of New York’s High School of Music and Art in Harlem. She enrolled at Brown University where she received her B.A degree. She continued her studies and received her M.F.A degree in playwright at Yale School of Drama. Lynn’s plays are being produced worldwide.

Ruined is directed by Clive Mathibe who is a formidable theatre and television writer/director and creative producer. In 2021, Mathibe adapted and directed literary giant, Espkia Mphahlele’s ‘Father Come Home’ at the Market Theatre as part of the centinary celebrations to honor Mphahlele. The production enjoyed rave reviews as well as packed houses re-affirming Mathibe’ s distinctive and necessary creative voice. Mathibe says this about returning to The Market to direct Ruined; “I am thrilled and honored to be telling this story with some notable collaborators in the design team as well as the impeccable cast!”

Ruined offers a graphic portrait of women as lasting victims of war but also shines the light on the self-resilience women of the Congo have after the multiple sufferings inflicted on them. Without minimizing the pain, the production becomes a tribute to women’s endurance.

Ruined is a brilliant play that jolts our consciences about a forgotten conflict. Audiences will emerge both shaken and stirred!

This gut-wrenching production was made possible by the generous support from Eyesizwe Mining Development Trust.


Writer:                                                                         Lynn Nottage  

Director:                                                                     Clive Mathibe    

Music Director & Sound Designer:             Banda Banda

Lighting Designer:                                                 Hlomohang Mothetho

Set & Props Designer:                                         Karabo Legoabe

Costume Designer:                                               Motshidisi Manyaneng

Stage Manager:                                                       Lebeisa Molapo

Stage Manager Intern:                                        Irvin Taylor


Anele Situlweni

Vaugh Lucas Callaway  

Edward Nkhumishe

Fulu Mugovhani

Hlengiwe Lushaba Madlala

Molefi Monaisa

Sami Maseko

Shoki Mmola

Thapelo Sebogodi

Season:                                               Tuesday 9 August – Sunday 4 September 2022

Venue:                                                 The John Kani Theatre    

Performance times:                     Tuesday – Saturday @19h00 and Sunday @15h00

Ticket prices:                                    Tuesday – Thursday R90

Friday – Saturday R150

Sunday – R130

To make block bookings and discounts please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/ 083 246 4950 or Bandile Luvalo 078 4344 860

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or

Market Theatre celebrates Women’s Month

Market Theatre celebrates Women’s Month with remarkable productions

The Market Theatre has curated an undoubtably intriguing season of productions to celebrate Women’s Month with I Am A Woman and Ruined.

Every year in August, our country marks Women’s Month, where we pay tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. Women’s Month allows us as society to gauge how far we have come in transforming society, particularly the unequal power relations between women and men.

Nqobile Sipamla, Mzansi’s favorite actress returns to the Market Theatre to give a performance of a lifetime in I Am A Woman which premiers Tuesday 19 July to Sunday 14 August 2022.

Sipamla dazzles as Mmabatho in I Am A Woman, a brand new one woman play by novelist Nthikeng Mohlele, set in contemporary and cosmopolitan Gauteng. The piece is anchored around the grand themes of love and belonging, female identity and feminist sentiments, about the place of women in a modern South Africa, about tragedy and loss, and about the interplay between personal and societal tensions.

The central premise of the play is an existential examination of the hearts of humans; what it means to love, to have a meaningful life and, how fate and chance can either enrich or derail personal dreams and agency. Emotive, philosophical, humorous and often deadpan; the piece is a mosaic of performance flowers waiting to bloom

Palesa Mazamisa who is widely considered as one of the finest directors working today, celebrated by her peers for having a perceptive eye in creating captivating characters. Mazamisa is an award-winning playwright, author, and director. Her play Shoes & Coups received 7 nominations including Best New South African Script, Best Director & Best Production, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor from the prestigious national Naledi Theatre Awards. The play went on to win the Best New South African Script and the Best Supporting Actor awards.

Novelist, playwright, entrepreneur and brand marketing and communications professional, Nthikeng Mohlele, authored six critically acclaimed novels and two short story collections. He dabbles in journalistic writing and literary criticism and, is the winner of the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing In English for Pleasure, the K Sello Duiker Memorial Prize and was also long listed for the Dublin International Prize.

Sipamla, an all-round Performer, Facilitator and Director of SirenzQ (Pty) Ltd. Nqobile’s debut was in the multi – award winning play The Suitcase in 2006 which earned her the Naledi Theatre Award for Best New Comer/Breakthrough 2006. She was also recently nominated at the South African Film & Television Awards ( Safta) for her lead role as Thuli on the sitcom Abomzala. Sipamla will give audiences transformative experience when you morph along with her on stage.

The second superb installation of the Women’s Month Celebration is the Tony Award Winning production Ruined by Lynn Nottage from 5 August – 4 September 2022 which will have its South Africa premier under the directorship of Clive Mathibe. The  phenomenal ensemble includes film leading ladies and gents, Hlengiwe Lushaba Madlala, Shoki Mmola, Fulu Mugovhani, and Samu Maseko, Molefe Monaise, Edward Nkumishe, Thapelo Sebogodi, Anele Situlweni and Vaughn Lucas.

Ruined involves the plight of a group of women in the civil war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Set in Mama Nadi’s bar – a haven for miners, government soldiers and rebel militia, where they come to forget the ruins of war, to drink and dance with women and feed their desires. The play centres on the lives of the women working in the bar and their resolve to survive despite the atrocities they have experienced

Catch these unmissable and thought provoking productions at the Market Theatre buy your tickets now!

I Am A Woman and Ruined are made possible by the generous support from the by Eyesizwe Mining Development Trust.


Author:                                       Nthikeng Mohlele

Director:                                     Palesa Mazamisa   

Lighting Designer:                 Simon King

Set & Props Designer:          Karabo Mtshali        

Sound Designer:                     Vangile Mpumlwana

AV Designer:                              Luzuko Ntshidi          

Costume Designer:                Nthabiseng Makone

Stage Manager:                        Lutendo Cynthia Mudau    


Nqobile Sipamla as Mmabatho

Season:                  Tuesday 19 July – 14 August 2022

Venue:                     Mannie Manim Theatre   

Performance times:       Tuesday – Saturday @19h00 and Sunday @15h00

Ticket prices:       Tuesday – Thursday R90

Friday – Saturday R150

Sunday – R130

To make block bookings and discounts please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/ 083 246 4950 or Bandile Luvalo 078 4344 860

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or


To celebrate Juneteenth the U S Consulate General in Johannesburg is offering a free screening of the Broadway hit musical – Hamilton

The show is at 6.30 pm tomorrow night, Wednesday, 8 June, in the Ramalao Makhene Theatre.

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.


Date: Wednesday 8 June

Time: 18:30

Young people making a difference in the world of the Arts!

Young people making a difference in the world of the Arts!

The Market Theatre Foundation keeps it young and fresh this youth month! The next generation of young movers and shakers in the arts will take over this year’s Youth Month Celebration at the Market Theatre Foundation.

The Foundation encourages young people to cherish intuition, uncertainity and creativity to constantly search for new ideas that aim to break the rules and find unorthodox ways of approaching contemporary art.

For this year’s youth month commemoration and celebration of the Theatre’s 46th Birthday we have created a potpourri of diverse offering in presenting two theatre productions, a schools outreach programme, monologues and participation in an Internation Youth Congress. Art is a strong way for young people to engage with the world and bring about change.

The Market Theatre Laboratory is excited to announce its participation in an International Youth Congress that brings together over 70 young people from Germany, Brazil and South Africa to discuss and explore urgent matters of globalisation. After an online exchange that began in February this year, several Lab students are traveling to Germany and Brazil, and we have the pleasure of welcoming 14 young people from those countries to Johannesburg. They will be working with Lab students under the guidance of expert facilitator and dramaturg, Billy Langa, to make a new work which they will present at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre on 7 June at 8pm. The works created in Dusseldorf and Sãu Paulo will be live streamed as a part of this unique presentation. Tickets are free and available on webtickets.

The Ditshomo Schools Outreach Programme will involve the Market Theatre interacting with Grade 11 & 12 learners from selected schools in greater Johannesburg area to educate them about the social relevance of the performing arts as they contribute to social cohesion and at the same time introduce them to the different career opportunities that the performing arts can offer. The students are guided gently into the limitless opportunities in the Entertainment Industry. They will have one on one opportunities to work with industry experts in directing, scriptwriting and design this will help them learn, develop and grow.

Celebrating this years big 46th Market Theatre birthdays James Ngcobo and Luthando Mngomezulu will be presenting Litambwa – stories of our times Vignettes of story told through the lens of our young on Sunday 19 June 2022. Litambwa , a celebration of stories from our streets, stories that unpack the diverse characters that walk the length and breadth of this country. Stories penned by the next generation of wordsmiths. Celebrating Youth Month and the  Market Theatre birthday with a collage of stories told by playwrights who are writing their first work for the Market Theatre spaces.

The Market Theatre Laboratory and KwaSha Theatre Company are both presenting work at the live National Arts Festival this year between 23 June and 3 July. KwaSha, a collaborative project of the Market Theatre Laboratory and Windybrow Arts Centre, perform in Fanon’s The Drowning Eye directed by Tamara Guhrs. With dramaturgy by Stacy Hardy, and in academic collaboration with the University of Chicago, this work is presented at a time when Fanon’s writing has a new relevance for a generation of young South Africans questioning the limits and possibilities of revolution today. This production is supported by the French Institute of South Africa and Mazars.

Also at the National Arts Festival, the Lab second year students present KAK!, a contemporary interpretation and celebration of the work of iconic playwright, poet and human rights activist, Maishe Maponya, who passed away in September 2021. KAK! is a hard-hitting satirical play, drawing from Maishe Maponya’s last work which is an anthology of poems – Truth be told: Da’s Kak in die Land . The play is devised by award-winning writer and director Josias Dos Moleele in collaboration with the cast and award-winning choreographer Mdu Nhlapo. This daring piece  addresses uncomfortable topics such as corruption, poor service delivery, gender inequality, racism and more.

The display of young people at the Foundation demonstrates the intention of foundation giving young people a platform to expression and shaping a narrative that will make a difference in the future.

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or

MTF walked away with seven awards at the 2022 17th Annual Naledi Theatre Awards

The Market Theatre Foundation walked away with seven awards at the 2022 17th Annual Naledi Theatre Awards

The large number of nominations and awards scooped by the Market Theatre Foundation at this year’s prestigious event is evidence of our Theatre’s passion to work with artists who are determined to raise the bar on South African excellence.

On Monday, 16 May 2022 theatre actors, directors and producers across Gauteng gathered at the Joburg Theatre for the Naledi Theatre Awards which are hailed as The Oscars of South Africa. The Naledi’s are designed to promote local theatre and recognise and reward theatre practitioners for their excellence and contribution to the performing arts.

Market Theatre Foundation is set to maintain an authentic South African cultural experience which is committed to providing the highest level of artistic excellence in all aspects of the performing and visual arts in which the education and development of a diverse community of artists, audiences and technicians is assured.

Artistic director James Ngcobo stated that even though the sector had to deal with the calamity of the last two years, this pandemic did not stop all their efforts as a sector to keep making work for theatre enthusiast.

The Market Theatre continues to play a vital role in unearthing young voices and creating of thought-provoking works that’s evident variety of work that where acknowledged this past Monday. That role has been amply rewarded this year with so many of its performers and productions being found worthy candidates for the industry’s prestigious Naledi awards.

“Thanks to all the Naledi judges who kept coming to the theatre to watch the works that we have been programming in the bleakest of all times”said James Ngcobo

List of winners below:

  • BEST PRODUCTION: TERTIARY-/INCUBATOR THEATRE Peeling Shadows by KwaSha Theatre Company in association with the Market Theatre Laboratory    

Ruan Wessels Brothers Prod. by the Market Theatre


Simon Kohler Kamphoer Prod. by the Market Theatre and the Roodepoort Theatre, in association with Theatre Rocket


Sandra Prinsloo Kamphoer Prod. by the Market Theatre and the Roodepoort Theatre, in association with Theatrerocket


Kosie Smit Brothers Prod. by the Market Theatre


Joint Andre Odendaal Dop Prod. by the Market Theatre

Joint Thabo Malema A Better Life Prod. by the Market Theatre


A Better Life   Prod. by the Market Theatre

The Market Theatre Foundation salutes all nominees and winners

For further information, interviews and images, contact: Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or

Reflection and Reflex 2022

Reflection and Reflex – finding our way back to humanity!

Broken Borders Arts Project in association with the Market Theatre presents Reflection and Reflex a contemporary dance piece for 6 days ONLY from Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 May 2022.

Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.” -Jacques d’Amboise

A trio of bodies and steel intertwine to reveal images, movements of connection and isolation. Two men dance in poetic relationship to a sculpture of steel, evolving in multiple forms. This play of contrasts between light and shadow, inner and exterior worlds, is Reflection and Reflex – a magical but deeply painful new work from Thulani Chauke and Fana Tshabalala. 

After two years of regulations and isolation, the internationally renowned dancers first staged this work of embodied lyricism at the Con Cowan Theatre in 2021. Gerard Bester, who has recently joined the Market Theatre family, has been invited to cast an eye and distil the work for the John Kani stage. 

Since its inception, Broken Borders Arts Project has been committed to creating South African Dance theatre that critically interrogates personal and social issues. It has consistently collaborated with local and international performers, choreographers, and theatre practitioners to present quality theatre works and residencies at both a national and international level.

Breathing new life to the piece as the Director is Gerard Bester who’s notable directing projects include internationally acclaimed Beautiful Me for Gregory Maqoma, the award winning Attachments (nos. 1-7), Athena Mazarakis’ Flicker Nhlanhla Mahlangu’s Chant and The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri with Tony Miyambo.

Reflection and Reflex was masterfully created and choreographed by award winning dance duo in Fana Tshabalala and Thulani Chauke. Telling a story through dance and evoking audiences emotions is right up their alley.

Fana Tshabalala is the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Dance and former Associate Artistic of the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, 2018 Black Excellence Award recipient in Chicago. Fana started his career within the performing Borders Arts Project as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, artistic director, and one of the founders.

Thulani Chauke began his formal training in 2009 at Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) as part of the Performing Arts Training Course (PATC), and little did he know that he will be selected to be a trainee and later that year he joined the MIDM Professional Dance Company. This all happened after years of performing and training with community groups in Soweto. Thulani has recently been seen performing in the internationally acclaimed production, Sybil, by William Kentridge.

Man has no Body distinct from his soul; for that called Body is a portion of a soul discerned by the five senses, the chief inlets of soul in this age.

~ By William Blake


Director:                                                          Gerard Bester

Lighting Designer:                                      Musawenkosi Sibisi

Set Designer:                                                 Maroga Thato

Choreographers and Performers:

Fana Tshabalala

Thulani Chauke

Special thanks to UJ and Geneva Dance Events

Season:                                                              Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 May 2022 

Venue:                                                                John Kani 

Performance times:                                    Tuesday – Saturday @19h00 and Sunday @15h00

Ticket prices:                                                  Tuesday – Thursday R90

Friday – Saturday R150

Sunday – R130


To make block bookings and discounts please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/ 083 246 4950 or Bandile Luvalo 078 4344 860

 For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or


The Red On The Rainbow

The Red On The Rainbow finally hits the Market Theatre stages for a limited season!

The Red on the Rainbow is written and directed by Monageng Vice Motshabi. The play raises questions on how far have we come in recognising the humanity of black people in this Country since 1994. Coligny ‘sunflower’ case tells us white lives matter more than black lives in small farm towns in South Africa. These gruesome events routinely reminds us of the abundant violence that has come to characterise our society.

Monageng is the Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Theatre 2017. His most recent play, The Red on the Rainbow was adapted to a short film by Label Noir, which was screened with a reading of sections of the play at the Maxim Gorky Theatre, Berlin in 2020. The experience was supported by the Literarisches Colloquium of Berlin(LCB), who also supported the writing process. The play, now titled The Red on the Rainbow, had its South African premier at the Soweto Theatre, as part of the Arts Alive Johannesburg International Arts Festival 2021. The play was then presented at the South African State Theatre, Jika Performing Arts College, in Botshabelo and at the Northern Cape Theatre.

The Red on the Rainbow follows the aftermath of the death of a young man on a maize farm at the hands of a farmer’s son and his friends. The play explores how time seems to remain frozen, picture style, in an unending apartheid-ghost-dance. How with each dreary step into the future, reality seems to loop, stoop and Reloop, forever trapping the amper- people of these towns in a cartoonish and feverish attempt to leap into the much lauded blissful change that our country’s simunye moment is said to have unleashed for all.

Starring in this gut wrenching and masterful production is a talented ensemble featuring Barileng Thato Malebye, Dambuza Nqumashe, Thapelo Mohapi, Tshireletso Nkoane and Xolile Gama supported by award winning musicians in Sydney Mavundla and Volley Nchabeleng.

The Red on the Rainbow is a powerful vehicle that encourages people everywhere to strengthen and consolidate their voices against racism, to mobilise against all forms and manifestations of racial discrimination and injustice, and to ensure a safe environment through artistic excellence.

South Africa is born out of a painful past of racial segregation under apartheid government unfortunately it has not successfully transitioned to the dream on a Rainbow Nation!

The Market Theatre remains at the forefront of South African theatre, actively encouraging new works that continue to reach international stages and promote riveting dialogue for audiences.


Writer and Director                                         Monageng Vice Motshabi

Lighting Designer                                              Hlomohang Mothetho                                                

Costume Designer                                            Natalie Paneng

Choreographer                                                    Mandla Mngwevu

Sound Designer                                                    Set Designer

Stage Manager


Sydney Mavundla

Volley Nchabeleng

Cast Members:

Barileng Thato Malebye

Dambuza Nqumashe

Thapelo Mohapi

Tshireletso Nkoane

Xolile Gama

Age Recommendation                       

Season:                                               Wednesday 20 April – Sunday 1 May 2022  

Venue:                                                 Mannie Manim  

Performance times:                    Tuesday – Saturday @19h00 and Sunday @15h15

Ticket prices:                                   Tuesday – Thursday R90

Friday – Saturday R150

Sunday – R130

To make block bookings and discounts please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/ 083 246 4950 or Bandile Luvalo 078 4344 860

 For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or