Zabalaza Theatre Festival 2021

Saturday 20 March

10:00 The Magic shell/ Uselwa Lemilingo [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

10:00 AHA! [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

10:30 Is dit jou Ma se huis die? [Concert Hall - book here]

11:00 Deadly escape [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

11:00 Against the odds [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

11:30 Who to blame (Sonwabo Mpandle) [Concert Hall - book here]

19:00 Heads or Tail(s) [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]


Tuesday 23 March

10:00 Ganga nyoko! Inzima nyoko! [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

10:00 Umzi unzima [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

11:00 Thank you for your Service [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

11:00 Nditshate [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

19:00 Against the odds [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]


Wednesday 24 March

10:00 Vortex [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

10:00 McGregor must die [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

10:30 Freedom of tomorrow [Concert Hall - book here]

11:00 Tainted [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

11:00 AHA! [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

11:30 Two Sides [Concert Hall - book here]

19:00 Deadly escape [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

19:00 Episodes uit Bellville [Concert Hall - book here]


Thursday 25 March

10:00 The Magic shell/ Uselwa Lemilingo [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

10:00 Umzi unzima [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

10:30  Is dit jou Ma se huis die? [Concert Hall - book here]

11:00 Heads or Tail(s) [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

11:00 Isithembiso [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

11:30  Blood on the road [Concert Hall - book here]

19:00 Vortex [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]


Friday 26 March

10:00 Thank you for your Service [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

10:00 AHA! [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

10:30  Who to blame  (Sonwabo Mpandle)  [Concert Hall - book here]

11:00  McGregor must die  [Theatre/Flipside - book here]

11:30  Episodes uit Bellville  [Concert Hall - book here]

19:00 Tainted [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]


Saturday 27 March

10:00 Tainted [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]

10:00 Black spade  [Concert Hall - book here]

11:30 Lide Ndithule [Golden Arrow Studio - book here]



Against the Odds

Main Theatre: 20 March 11:00 | Golden Arrow Studio: 23 March 19:00

Presented by: Project 021

Written by: Donique Smith and Rameez Petersen

Directed by: David Cornelson

Performed by: Rameez Petersen, Donique Smith, Mikyle Moses, Tiffany Bell, Zion De Oor,

Zara Mansfield, Zinnia-Rose Petersen

Language: English

Ages: All ages


The Williams family is an average income family living in a middle-to-lower income “coloured” community. Oscar and Michelle were high school sweethearts whose love has endured. The couple have three children. The family is thrust into unimaginable depths because of substance abuse. Will the strong bond of love bring an end to this season of misery? Or will the dreams of a “hapFpily ever after”, end with shattered lives?



Main Theatre: 20 March 10:00 | 24 March 11:00 | 26 March 10:00

Presented by: The Company of AHA!

Written by: Nwabisa Plaatjie and company

Directed by: Nwabisa Plaatjie

Performed by: Luthando Mvandaba, Beviol Swartz, Emmanuel Nstamba, Zizipho Quluba

Language: English

Age: Children / all ages


A box appears on an empty stage. What could be inside? AHA! Wool. Pulling out a thread

the actors weave themselves and the audience into a wondrous world of wool. This playful

performance explores what wool can do, what we can make from it, how we can play with it and how the shapes that it makes can stimulate the imagination.


Black Spade

Main Theatre: 27 March 10:00

Presented by: Qhayiya The Pride

Written by: Abongile Zwedala

Directed by: Abongile Zwedala

Performed by: Gugulethu Jozi, Mawethu Nkonya, Yandisa Nondwayi, Mihle Mfeki,

Yongamela Lumnko, Abongile Matomela, Lubabalo Zanazo, Stanly Mbatyazwa

Language: Xhosa

Ages: All ages


Xhosa Chief Zanelizwe is betrayed by his younger brother who sells him out to foreign, white men. The chief’s son Phathilizwe seeks revenge for his father’s murder. He accomplishes this by becoming a geologist and dethroning his backstabbing uncle.


Blood on the Road

Concert Hall: 25 March 11:30|27 March 11:30


Presented by: Blood on the Road company

Written by: Olwethu Thwetsha

Directed by: Wendy Mrali

Performed by: Olwethu Thwetsha, Anda Ngeva, Thethelela Mgumbi, Siseko Ntshaba,

Azaxole Mtholo, Emihle Makinana, Lihle Njaba

Language: Xhosa

Ages: 13+


For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. What happens when one suffers from the consequences of others' reaction? Blood on the Road is all about what happens when anger builds up because of the past, how easy it is for one to fake love when they

have hidden agendas.


Deadly Escape

Golden Arrow: 20 March 11:00 | 24 March 19:00

Presented by: H.M.P

Written by: Sandisiwe Qaji

Directed by: Sandisiwe Qaji

Performed by: Adadume Ngxaki, K. Lilly Motau, Sandisiwe Qaji

Language: English

Age: 13+


Following the story of Lindiwe and Khanyiswa in Orange Mountain, Deadly Escape explores

what they are willing to do for their freedom. They are captured and held hostage to

produce boy-children for men to continue a war that no one chose to fight.


Episodes uit Bellville

Concert Hall: 24 March 19:00 | 26 March 11:30

Presented by: Lekker Jy Ensemble

Written by: Tyron Zoutman

Directed by: Tyron Zoutman

Performed by: Logan Cornelius, Lauren Philander, Junaid Koopman, Marunzo Thomas,

Lise-Mari van Wyk, Marunzo Thomas, Patwill Titus, Jaden Philander, Whaden Johannes,

Keesha Pretorius, Abduraghmaan De Vries

Language: Afrikaans

Age: 13+


Voortrekker Road. The rush of cars and human beings. Episodes uit Bellville is a

laugh-with-tears piece that deals with the stories people often do not want to hear -

streets bustling with everyday business, the bribes and how people remain quiet about them, about dark secrets and the fine line between guilt and innocence.



Freedom of Tomorrow

Concert Hall: 24 March 10:30

Presented by: Inkwenkwezi Art Organisation

Written by: Boniwe Ngantweni

Directed by: Asithandile Lucas Mbali and Mzwanele Papiyana

Performed by: Sinako Zamatyala, Liyema Nkohla, Inathi Mbali , Emihle Banyana, Rethabile

Poto, Miranda Poto, Aphelele Masimini, Khanide Sityebi, Sanele Rayi, Okuhle

Potelwa, Lwandle Ngantweni, Athabile Mlenzana, Masibone Ntabankulu, Sisipho Zwelibanzi,

Esona Gojana

Language: Xhosa

Ages: All


Freedom of Tomorrow plays out against the backdrop of farm killings where family members are lost. Four sisters are in a sibling rivalry at a school where the eldest one is the teacher, the youngest a genius and two of them are rebels. After finding out that the genius will

inherit their late father’s wealth, they decide to get rid of her.


Ganga Nyoko! Inzima nyoko!

Golden Arrow Studio: 23 March 10:00|26 March 11:00

Presented by: The Ganga Nyoko! Inzima Nyoko! company

Written by: Sibuyiselo Dywili

Directed by: Siphenathi Qwayi

Performed by: Siyamthanda Bangani,Sibuyiselo Dywili

Language: Xhosa & English



Close friends who have not seen each other in seven years have decided to reconnect. They

discover bold differences between them and the secrets that surface. It seems like their friendship is nearing an end. Will this result in permanent separation or will their friendship be salvaged?


Heads or Tail(s)?

Golden Arrow Studio: 20 March 19:00 | 25 March 11:00

Presented by: Heads or Tail(s) Ensemble

Written by: Stephren Saayman, Ntandazo Christiaan Peter

Directed by: Robyn September

Performed by: Ntandazo Peter, Nekita HIll, Stephren Saayman, Melanie Scholtz

Language: English, Afrikaans & Xhosa

Age: 13+


Hannah, a pious Christian, gives birth to beautiful twins, Julia and Julian and takes in a

third child without her husband's consent. Her marriage takes a turn for the worst when she loses her husband. When the children are all grown up, they seek the truth behind their father’s death and the adopted son is in search of his true identity. Everyone has their own questions but on which side of the coin will the truth land, Heads or Tail(s)?


Is Dit Jou Ma Se Huis Die?

Concert Hall: 20 March 10:30 | 25 March 10:30

Presented by: Is Dit Jou Ma Se Huis Die? Productions

Written by: Courtneigh Adams

Directed by: Courtneigh Adams

Performed by: Caitlyn Gordon, Courtneigh Adams, Candice Alicia Consani, Khecia Jacobs

Language: Afrikaans & English

Age: 16+


In a tiny, intimate cell in Pollsmoor Prison, three inmates, each carrying their own "baggage”, but they are not willing to share with the others. When a fourth woman shows up and the cell becomes a battle for who is going to be in charge, boundaries, consent, friendship and love are tested. They have to find out the hard way that prison is "really not their mother's house".



Concert Hall: 25 March 11:00

Presented by: Isithembiso Ensemble

Written by: Siyabonga Nyaniso

Directed by: Siyabonga Nyaniso

Performed by: Afrika Khoza, Sesihle Masimini, Siphosethu Vundisa, Xolani Siximba

Language: Xhosa & English

Age: 13+


Ntsika vowed to protect and provide for his siblings after they lost their parents, but when they grow up, he finds himself lost with no purpose in life.


Lide Ndithule

Golden Arrow: | 27 March 11:30

Presented by: Teachmaling Women’s Project

Written by: Nontembiso Ndwandwe

Directed by: Nontembiso Ndwandwe

Performed: Nontembiso Ndwandwe, Nosiviwe Vuyelele, Yibanathi Sihlali, Snalo Qokoyi,

Sisipho Geni, Sifiso Nkosi, Khoza

Language: Xhosa

Age: 13+


Set in Goodwood, Lide Ndithule follows a quarrel between siblings, caused by an aunt who despises their mother. When her husband dies, we see her true colours as her pent-up

anger explodes.


McGregor must Die

Main Theatre: 24 March 10:00 | 26 March 11:00

Presented by: Uloyiko NPC

Written by: Ayanda Manala Sibindi, Andisiwe Sibindi and Yanga Mhluzi

Directed by: Siphelo Mtshetsha

Performed by: Sinethemba Bugqwangu, Sisipho Nontywili, Akho Zuzani, Vuyolwethu

Mtwana, Bonani Ngamlana, Zizipho Ndikandika, Banele Mila, Audrey Skosana and

Lindokuhle Mnini

Language: English, Xhosa

Age: All


Set in the Cape Town, the play shows a love story threatened by racial prejudice. Sizwe must

choose between his girlfriend Felicia, who is white and his grandfather's quest for revenge.

It is a battle between love and reparations for hate crimes committed during apartheid. He

stands to risk what he values the most and get hurt in the process.



Main Theatre: 23 March 11:00

Presented by: Themba Arts Group

Written by: Siphamandla Kapetshu and Zikhona Dalibom

Directed by: Siphamandla Kapetshu and Nomxolisi Kapetshu

Performed by: Akhule Veco, Lubabalo Mbaleki, Ntokozo Gambushe, Afika Magogotya,

Sisipho Mfegu, Zikhona Dalubom, Nkosikhona Ligwa, Sesethu Pokolo, Lihle Njilo, Asiphile

Khuse, Somila Vayeke, Chumani Mbontsolo, Yolanda Tyika, Siphamandla Kapetshu and Zikhona

Language: Xhosa

Age: All


Nozipho rejects a marriage proposal from her childhood sweetheart, instead she

decides to marry a man who she perceived as a god-fearing saint. It is later revealed that what she thought was a blessed marriage is in fact a life sentence.


Tainted (Currently frozen on webtickets)

Golden Arrow Studio: 24 March 11:00 | 26 March 19:00 | 27 March 10:00

Presented by: Flowers of the Nation in Partnership with Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture& Recreation

Written by: Thabang Mboshane

Directed by: Thabang Mboshane

Performed by: Vusimuzi Nkosi, Sahile Mokoena, Sipho Shelembe, Sibusiso Mthembu, Nkosimphile Mnisi, Confidence Lukhele, Sifiso Khuzwayo, Charles Mabasa, Themba Mahlangu, Tshepang Thebe, Thabang Mboshane, Granny Mbali Ntombela, Vusumuzi Majola, Mathipa Malatji, Itumeleng Mabaso, Melusi Dlamini, Mbali Shezi, Sikhumbuzo Ngwenya, Nompumelelo Hlahla.

Language: English

Age: 13+


Incest, toxic family relations, sexual abuse and drug addiction. That is the story of Tainted, as it follows the life of a young woman who wants to fulfil her dream in the dance world and a young man who uses poetry to escape his abusive adoptive father. However, dark family secrets threaten their success and happiness.


The Magic Shell/Uselwa Lemilingo

Golden Arrow Studio: 20 March 10:00| 25 March 10:00

Presented by: Jungle Theatre Company

Written by: Created by company

Directed by: Vincent Meyburgh

Performed by: Vincent Meyburgh and Naledi Tlailane

Language: English & Xhosa

Age: Children

Based on an African folktale, set in ancient times on the Wild coast before the first people had any stories to tell, a married couple go on a quest to find stories. The wife goes on an adventure, leaving her husband to look after the home and the children. On her way she meets and learns from various comical wild animals, but she is challenged and must be brave and determined to find stories in surprising places. The story is performed in English and isiXhosa and comes to life with original songs and innovative masks.


Thank you for your service

Golden Arrow Studio: 23 March 11:00 | 26 March 10:00

Presented by: A & B Media

Written by: Aphiwe Livi and Buhle Qinga

Directed by: Aphiwe Livi and Buhle Qinga

Performed by: Aphiwe Livi and Buhle Qinga

Language: English & Xhosa

Age: All

A physical theatre piece that deals with two soldiers who were childhood friends. We see them exploring their journey in service, while unpacking their childhood days in comparison

to their current lives. They focus on the trauma and side effects serving in the military had on them and their families. The story projects the voices of the fallen soldiers who died holding on to empty promises from the government.


Two Sides

Concert Hall: 24 March 11:30

Presented by: Imbiza theatre company

Written by: Nelisa Fusa & Sonwabo Mphandle

Directed by: Sonwabo Mphandle

Performed by: Asemahle Ngxongxela, Lihle Xwayi, Likhona Mangaliso, Aphiwe Thunya,

Aphelele Mkhumbuzi, Ongezwa Qalukubona

Language: Xhosa & English

Age: 13

The truth and the deceit that has been told to the world, begs the question to the world at

large: Should women be apprehended for false rape accusations.



Umzi Unzima

Main Theatre: 23 March 10:00 | 25 March 10:00

Presented by: Harvest House Productions

Written by: Sihle Nondala

Directed by: Sihle Nondala and Sonwabo Mphandle

Performed by: Molupi Lepeli, Thembi Mnyamana, Thulani Goniwe, Solulele Sijadu, Zimkhitha Mathiso, Mzoxolo Bomela

Language: Xhosa

Age: 13+

An anticipated day that was supposed to bring joy in Qhamani’s life has turned tragic as he

loses his wife through childbirth. While dealing with the loss he discovers that his son had

incurable seizures. His sister-in-law Belinda works hard to pull him out of this darkness.




Golden Arrow Studio: 24 March 10:00 | 25 March 19:00

Presented by: Ham No Pork

Written by: Lotanang Makoti, Nelissa Modimola and Camron Mckinnon

Directed by: Lotanang Makoti

Performed by: Nelissa Modimola and Camron Mckinnon

Language: English

Age: All

Two students Pete and Poppy move from Benoni to Obz. They are fascinated by its

multiculturalism branded as newbies upon arrival they soon discover its darkness. Poppy is a design student who explores the nightlife and soon loses herself in the mess. Pete

discovers culture, the arts and realises that he is meant to be a rapper instead of a law student, but that he also suffers from chronic depression.


Who to Blame (Sonwabo Mphandle)

Concert Hall: 20 March 11:30 | 26 March 10:30

Presented by: Imbiza Theatre Company

Written by: Nelisa Fusa and Sonwabo Mphandle

Directed by: Nelisa Fusa and Sonwabo Mphandle

Performed by: Simnikiwe Bilikwa, Mzoxolo Bhomela, Aphelele Mkhumbuzi, Zenathi Ndlelenqwelo, Helena Almeida, Siyavuya Busakwe, Siyolise Jibane, Ongezwa Qalukubona

Language: Xhosa

Age: All

When two parents part ways, their children are left shattered by their co-parenting situation, which is not easy. The production explores how children are affected when their parent’s break-up and how they must move on. The mother marries again and has two children, bringing a whole dynamic to the relationship between the siblings and their parents.


Sat, 20 Mar 2021 - 10:00
Mon, 22 Mar 2021 - 10:00
Tue, 23 Mar 2021 - 10:00
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 - 10:00
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 - 10:00
Fri, 26 Mar 2021 - 10:00

19 - 27 March

The Baxter

Every day from 10.00


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