The Market Theatre presents


An incubation project supported by the Department of Arts and Culture

If you want to tell the naked truth about post-apartheid South Africa, better do it through fiction. Author Niq Mhlongo masters this art brilliantly. His latest work, Soweto Under the Apricot Tree  is a collection of short stories about contemporary Soweto, Johannesburg and South Africa in general. The stories are a fascinating account of township life and a thought-provoking commentary on post-apartheid South Africa, which is still grappling with many of the issues emanating from our past.

In a country that has lost billions through corruption, we follow the life of corrupt MEC, Comrade Mgobhozi, in charge of the Mpumalanga provincial department of Refugees, Tourism, Asylum and Displacements. We find that MEC Mgobhozi does not aid the problem faced by his country but worsens it by allowing greed to rule him.

NAILED is a story about abuse of political power, infidelity and violence. It is a portrayal of corruption, greed and selfishness from politicians who abuse state resources for their personal gain. This story shows how behavior impacts on the lives of ordinary people and how it affects the morale of a country. It shows how corruption corrodes public trust and weakens a democratic system. The extent of this problem is growing public funds being diverted away from the public good towards private interest.  Corruption has reached high levels and politicians have become immune to it as they continue to loot and use state resources to impress and to run their own lives as if the taxpayers’ money is their own.

NAILED is directed by Luthando Mngomezulu who was the director of Isithunzi 2017 Zwakala Festival winner,  a dynamic production that created conversations around race relations which is an uncomfortable subject in South Africa. The winning production went on to win Best Production at the Trade Fair Festival in 2017. Mentored by Mpho Joseph Molepo who has starred and directed award winning productions, he also adapted the short story into a play for the Market Theatre season.

NAILED will premier at the Market Theatre in the Barney Simon for a limited season from

8 February – 3 March 2019. The production is sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture’s Incubation Fund aimed to assist emerging practitioners in the creative arts to hone their skills through mentorship and propel them from amateur to professional status.


Adapted from a Book by
Adapted, Dramaturge and Mentor
Director Incubatee
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Set Designer
Stage Manager

Niq Mhlongo
Mpho Molepo

Luthando Mngomezulu
Nomvula Molepo
Phumelele Dlamini
Nthabiseng Malaka
Lebeisa Molapo


Aya Mpama
Khulu Skenjana
Katlego Letsholonyane
Lunga Khuhlane
Nyaniso Dzedze
Zesuliwe Hadebe


Manto Zungu
MEC Mgobozi
Dumi Zungu
Sis Sarah

Age Rec:
Performance times:
Ticket prices:
Student Prices:

13 years
08 February -03 March 2019
Barney Simon
Tuesday – Saturday @20h15 and Sunday @15h15
Tuesday – Sunday R90.00 – R150.00

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

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