DEURnis / Uzwelo

 Theatre between a single actor and a single audience member at a time

DEURnis one-on-one is an award-winning, exciting new immersive theatre experience and a first for South Africa. As site-specific theatre, solo plays are performed in different spaces in a house or building for a single audience member at a time, making for a very intimate experience.

The title of the project – DEURnis / Uzwelo – is derived from the words ‘deur’ (door) and ‘deernis’ and ‘Uzwelo’ (compassion and empathy). Behind the door that leads an audience member to the performance lies an experience that takes an honest, stripped-down and often sober look at emotional and everyday issues.

DEURnis / Uzwelo comprises of several plays specifically written for a space. Each play lasts about 20 minutes, and the audience member moves from one room to the next to experience the different performances. Plays are grouped (see description on the left), and a ticket gives an audience member access to three plays. The whole experience, including short breaks in between performances, lasts for about an hour and forty minutes.

The production won the 2018 kykNET Blue Fiësta Award for most innovative theatre, the 2017 ATKV-Woordveertjie Award for Best New Script, the Best production (Freestate) at the 2018 Freestate Arts Festival, and was nominated for Best Overall Production at the 2017 Aardklop National Arts Festival.

Theatrerocket’s award-winning DEURnis artists will be collaborating with the Windybrow Art Centre and Market Theatre Lab’s Kwasha! group for the first time at the National Arts Festival, presenting 12 new plays.

Supported by AK21 and NATi (Nasionale Afrikaanse Teaterinitiatief)


Group 3


As in a computer game, life is about control and winning. Become emerged in a world where games and real life meet – and you make the decisions…

With Sibahle Mangena

Genre: Experiential / movement

Language: English

Rou / Raw

Jantjie’s most precious – and only – possession, his Gummy Bears t-shirt, doesn’t fit him at all. As victim of human trafficking, he had to learn overnight sex is more than undressing and kissing.

WithDewald van der Merwe

Genre: Drama

Language: Afikaans or English

Legodimong / Heaven

You did it – you ended your life because you couldn’t go on. And now you regret it and have to barter with God to send you back!

With Molatelo Maffa

Genre: Comedy

Language: Sepedi and English