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Thursday, September 19, 2013


(Pride Ngcobo as Queen Ntombazi, Smemezelo Xulu as King Zwide and Nonjabulo Ngcobo as Ntombazana  Zwide Princess. Pic by Val Adamson)

Stable Theatre in collaboration with Durban University of Technology Drama Studies will present an historic drama titled uNtombazi as part of the Heritage Month celebrations.

Written by AH Dladla and set in the 1800’s, the play focuses on Queen Ntombazi of the Ndwandwe people, who uses dark magic to make sure that her son Zwide becomes the most powerful king.

Ntombazi is prone to chop off the heads of leaders of nations and use them for witchcraft. She successfully kills King Dingiswayo of the Mthethwa clan who raised the young Shaka of the Zulu clan as his own. The Zulus become powerful, and defeat Zwide’s men. In the end Queen Ntombazi is defeated by King Shaka and the Zulus grow into a mighty nation.

uNtombazi is directed by DUT’s drama lecturer, Siza KaMnisi Mthembu with choreography by dance lecturer, Mduduzi Mtshali. Musical composition is by Aphiwe Namba, a third year drama student, and Mpilo Khumalo is trainee director.

The cast includes second year students with lead roles played by Pride and Nolwazi Ngcobo sharing the role of Ntombazi; Sipho Zakwe and Simemezelo Xulu alternating as King Zwide; Sbusiso Ngcobo as King Dingiswayo; with Kwenza Ngcobo and Lucky Gcumisa sharing the role of Shaka.

“In hosting a production from DUT this month, we are delighted once again to be fulfilling one of our core roles of encouraging young people to embrace the performing arts, providing a professional platform for upcoming young artists, and opening our doors to audiences of all ages” says Thanduxolo Zulu, Stable Theatre Manager.

uNtombazi will be performed at Stable Theatre from September 20 to 24 at 18h00, with a matinée performance on Sunday at 15h00. Tickets R40 (R15 students) and booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at

For more information, contact Ayanda Fali at Stable Theatre on 031 309 2513 or Lebohang Sibisi at the DUT Drama department on 031 373 2194.