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Khongolose Khommanding Khommissars (KKK)

The Market Theatre, in association with the National Arts Festival, proudly present a daring theatrical satire directed by the brilliant current Standard Bank Young Artist Award (SBYA22) recipients, The Theatre Duo – Billy Langa and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana.

 

Khongolose Khommanding Khommissars (KKK) written by J Bobs Tshabalala (SBYA20) plunges deep into the dark underbelly of South African politics, laying bare the intricate web of political intrigue and corruption that shape our nation.

J Bobs Tshabalala’s captivating new South African play pulls the curtain on the lives of pot-bellied men, greedily vying for control of state resources while shamelessly deceiving the impoverished masses with their deceptive speeches. This epic satire examines the overt interactions and sometimes illegal dealings of our contemporary South African political camaraderie – the Comrades, the brown-envelope tenderpreneurs.

The play dissects the intentional and intertwined actions of politicians and businessmen, who contribute to our current political and socio-economic chaos that perpetuates a culture of greed and corruption. Through the ingenious use of Comrade-speak; a deceptive language that masks the true intentions of those in power, the play exposes the farcical nature of the socio-economic freedom promised to the masses.

The Theatre Duo, revered for their boundary-pushing storytelling techniques, an inventive fusion of words and movement, and an unwavering devotion to interdisciplinary collaboration, guide an impressive cast and creative team.

Don’t miss this awe-inspiring collaboration between The Theatre Duo and playwright J Bobs Tshabalala, three creative powerhouses united in their quest to provoke thought and ignite change in theatre.

CREATIVE TEAM

Writer:                                     J Bobs Tshabalala

Co-Directors:                          Billy Langa & Mahlatsi Mokgonyana

Assistant Director:                  Ketsia Velaphi

Lighting and Set Design:        Denis Hutchinson

Costume Design:                    Lethabo Bereng

Projection Design:                  Nikki Pilkington

Sound Design:                        Jannous Aukema

Movement Direction:               Ernest ‘Ginger’ Baleni

CAST

Lebohang Motaung as QINISO NXUMALO

Moagi Kai as MXOLISI MTHEMBU

Xolile Gama as RONALD MULAUDZI

Tshireletso Nkoane as TSEBO RAPOO

Anelisa Phewa as SQALO HOKO

Season:                                   Wednesday 26 July  – Sunday 13 August 2023  

Venue:                                     The John Kani Theatre

To make block bookings and discounts please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/ 083 246 4950

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Acting Brand and Communications Manager: Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or lusandaz@markettheatre.co.za

The Market Theatre acknowledges the generous support of the Eyesizwe Mining Development Trust and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), whose funding has made this production possible.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The Theatre Duo – Directors

Billy Langa and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana – or The Theatre Duo, as they are affectionately known – are independent collaborative theatre makers. They have produced original creative and theatrical works in South Africa. Their work has toured most parts of the country and internationally including, Namibia, Germany, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom. Their work has earned them critic’s picks and multiple awards which include being the current Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners for Theatre, a Cape Town Fringe Fresh Creative Award for directing, Standard Bank Ovation Awards, Naledi Theatre Awards for Best Production for Young Audiences and Best Solo Performance, a FUSE International Award for Best International Performance [UK], an ICA Fellowship Award, and being an ACT (Arts and Culture Trust) ImpACT prize finalist.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The Theatre Duo – Directors

Billy Langa and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana – or The Theatre Duo, as they are affectionately known – are independent collaborative theatre makers. They have produced original creative and theatrical works in South Africa. Their work has toured most parts of the country and internationally including, Namibia, Germany, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom. Their work has earned them critic’s picks and multiple awards which include being the current Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners for Theatre, a Cape Town Fringe Fresh Creative Award for directing, Standard Bank Ovation Awards, Naledi Theatre Awards for Best Production for Young Audiences and Best Solo Performance, a FUSE International Award for Best International Performance [UK], an ICA Fellowship Award, and being an ACT (Arts and Culture Trust) ImpACT prize finalist.