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Sunday, October 5, 2008


Zulu language version of acclaimed theatre piece for Hexagon in Pietermaritzburg.

In 2001, South Africa was devastated by the news of a brutal rape of a nine-month-old child by the name of baby Tshepang in the small town of Louisvaleweg in the Northern Cape. Once the sensational story hit the headlines, the scab was torn off a festering wound, and hundreds of similar stories followed. The play was written in 2002 and toured the world.

While the play is influenced by factual evidence, the story is purely fictional. Tshepang is a story of love, forgiveness and coming to terms with a devastation of this magnitude.

The play intrigues the audience by luring them into a world where sadness and despair live next to love, humour and hope. Tshepang is both intimate and urgent, approaching a supremely difficult subject in a uniquely poetic manner. The Zulu language version is currently touring KwaZulu-Natal. Bheki Mkhwane and Ntando Cele star and the play is directed by Maurice Podbrey.

Tshepang runs in the Hexagon Theatre from October 8 to 11 at 19h00 with extra performances on October 8, 9 and 10 at 13h00. Tickets R60 (R30 students/scholars) booked on 033 260 5537 or e-mail:

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