PASS OVER is a great contemporary piece that resonates globally

The Market Theatre presents Pass Over written by Antionette Nwandu, directed by James Ngcobo by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French Inc will make its South African debut from Friday 26 February – Sunday 28 March 2021.

Pass Over explores the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land and hoping a miracle will happen. Moses and Kitch are struggling to survive in the tough streets of America. A provocative riff on Waiting for Godot, it’s a rare piece of politically charged theatre by Antionette who is a bold new American voice.

Pass Over is staged in commemoration of Black History Month. Although mainly celebrated in America, the play will  inspire South Africans to have the tough discourse around issues  of common interest like police brutality and white supremacy long after Apartheid.

The South African premier of Pass Over  production stars Charlie Bouguenon, Hungani Ndlovu and Khathu Ramabulana. The trio has been gifted with a challenging task of portraying larger than life characters in the play that resemble real life stories.

Kabomo Vilakazi or simply known as Kabomo is no stranger to South African audiences,  he joins the creative team of Pass Over as musical composer. Speaking on his journey for the creation of the music he had this to say “I have created music that will help Pass Over turn the volume up on some of the key themes in the play such as brotherhood, black empowerment, self-belief, violence, white privilege fear, trust, trauma etc. The music is going to be emotional  and the genres I will be dabbling between rap and jazz chords in quite places. This will allow the story to flow uninterrupted”.

Kabomo best known for the roles in the films and television series Zabalaza , Sink and Seriously Single. Apart from acting, he is also a writer, poet, editor, musician, rapper, producer and an artist manager.

James Ngcobo’s passion for working with emerging actors, young designers and for mentoring young industry enthusiasts has yielded impressive results. In Pass Over he chose Sibusisiwe Gugu Manqele as assistant director. Sibusisiwe is currently writing for GOMORA the Mnet Mzansi Magic Telenovela.

She has written two plays YINI? / WHAT IS IT? And Migration of the Heart. She starred in a lead role on the SABC award winning edutainment series Intersextions 2 in 2013, had a feature role in Saints and Sinners 1 on Mzansi Magic and starred as a guest presenter on SABC 1’s YOTV Crib notes

Pass Over premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in May 2017. The play was recorded live at the Steppenwolf Theatre, adapted for film by co-director Danya Taymor and co-director and producer Spike Lee and premiered on Amazon Prime Video on April 20, 2018.

Catch the South African premier of this spectacular drama Pass Over from Friday 26 February to Sunday 28 Mach 2021. Book your seats now! 


Writer                                                             Antoinette Nwandu

Director                                                          James Ngcobo

Assistant Director                                           Sibusisiwe Gugu Manqele

Musical Composer                                          Kabomo Vilakazi

Set Designer                                                    Nadya Cohen

Costume Designer                                          Busisiwe Nkabinde

Lighting Designer                                            Mandla Mtshali

Sound Designer                                               Ntuthuko Mbuyazi

AV Designer                                                    Thabang Lehobye

Stage Manager                                                Lebeisa Molapo



Charlie Bouguenon as The Man

Hungani Ndlovu as Kitch

Khathu Ramabulana as Moses


Age Recommendation                        13

Season:                                                Friday 26 February – Sunday 28 March 2021

Venue:                                                 The John Kani Theatre

Performance times:                            Tuesday – Saturday @18h00 and Sunday @15h00

Ticket prices:   Tuesday – Thursday R90.00 Friday – Saturday R150.00 and Sunday R130.00


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

083 246 4950.

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist
Market Theatre 011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867