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Returning to the Market Theatre writing sphere is SAFTA nominated writer and director Rorisang Motuba who brings us a heart-warming drama, Diaparo Tsa Mama (My Mother’s Clothes). The original play follows three sisters who, on the eve of their mother’s funeral, are duty-bound to sort through their beloved matriarch’s clothes in search of the perfect outfit to bury her in. Their sensitive nostalgia morphs into harrowing discoveries about life, grief and family.

Written and directed by passionate and gifted young director Rorisang Motuba, who studied Drama, Political Science and Film & Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, where she starred in and produced a number of projects. Following her graduation, she was accepted to the prestigious New York Film Academy and Baron/Brown Studio in Los Angeles, US, where she studied and graduated Magna Cum Laude at the aforementioned institution. After her three-year stint studying Acting and Writing for Film, she returned to Johannesburg where she began pursuing a career in the arts. Since then she has written and starred in numerous South African and international productions and continue to honour her heritage as a natural born storyteller.

Ziaphora Dakile, Lesoko Seabe and Dimpho More will star in this heart-warming drama that deals with emotions of loss and womanhood.

The sisters debate culture, duty and motherhood as they sort through their deceased Mother’s clothes. One sister must choose their mother’s final resting clothes whilst the other navigates her grief and guilt in a one act play that is a mediation through loss, life and the pursuit of closure.Ziaphora Dakile is new to the Market Theatre stages, she is an actor, poet, production assistant and dialect consultant. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) where she was also a Company member. Recent theatre credits include: Yellow Card, Red Card directed by Tamilla Woodard ( in NYC), Me and the Girls (with Alan Cumming in NYC) directed by Douglas Carter Beane, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Jenine Collocott. Off Broadway credits also include: Homecoming Queen (production assistant at The Atlantic Theater), The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d ( production assistant at The Duke on 42nd street) and Mies Julie( dialect consultant at The Classic Stage Company).

Lesoko Seabe has performed across South Africa, Spain , The Netherlands, Denmark and The United Kingdom. Her most recent stage credits include playing Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime for which she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap best supporting actress award ; Lena in Clybourne Park, Mother of All things in Siembamba which won the Standard Bank silver ovation award and In Her Shoes which she co- wrote and was directed by Standard bank Young Artist Award winner for dance Luyanda Sidiya

Dimpho More is an actress and director from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga residing in Johannesburg. Having received her qualification in Performance arts and Theatre Skills at The Market Theatre Laboratory, she has since been establishing herself in the Entertainment industry. Her career highlights ‘Itsoseng’, ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’, ‘Children’s Monologues’ and ‘June 16 Monologues’.
diaparo tsa mama is sponsored by the Department of Sports Arts and Culture’s Incubation programme.


Writer and Director                             Rorisang Motuba

Sound Designer                                  Vangile Z Mpumlwana

Lighting Designer                               Ali Madiga

Costume Designer                              Phumelele Dlamini

Set Designer                                       Philani Masedi

Stage Manager                                   Happy Simelane

Lighting Designer Mentee                  Zandile Jongolo

Costume Designer Mentee                Maria Mahlangu

Set Designer Mentee                          Khumo Pulumo

State Manager Mentee                       Lutendo Cynthia Mudau


Dimpho More

Lesoko Seabe

Ziaphora Dakile

Age Recommendation                         PG13

Season:                                               18 March – 10 April 2022

Venue:                                                   The John Kani Theatre                                            Performance times:                              Tuesday – Saturday 19h00 and Sunday 15h00

Ticket prices:                                        Tuesday – Thursday R90.00

                                                               Friday – Saturday R150.00

                                                               Sunday R130.00

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:

Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist Market Theatre 011 832 1641 ext 202

or 072 367 7867 or