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Wednesday, May 13, 2015


(John Kani in Missing. Pic by Oscar O'Ryan) 
Missing, a new South African production which has been performed at the Baxter and Market Theatre, sees Tony-award-winning actor and writer, Dr John Kani at his very best. It's his first full-length play since his Nothing But The Truth in 2002 which received numerous accolades locally and abroad.

The production forms part of the Playhouse Company’s New Stages season and has three performances in the Playhouse Drama at the end of this week.

In Missing, Kani teams up with theatre bluebloods, Janice Honeyman (director) and Mannie Manim (lighting designer) to bring to life this intriguing love story cum political thriller. It tells the story of an exiled comrade who returns to South Africa with his Swedish wife and engaged daughter. Expecting to take up an illustrious new career in the newly democratic government, he finds an unexpected rival in one of his closest ex-comrades.

The play raises several important issues faced by those who went into exile and who hoped to be recalled by the ANC to join the government and take up a new life in a now democratic South Africa.

The cast features Kani as Robert Khalipa, Susan Danford as his Swedish wife, Anna Ohlson, and newcomer Buhle Ngaba as their daughter, Ayanda, who is a medical student. Apollo Ntshoko plays Peter Tshabalala, a young comrade and Robert's assistant in the ANC office in Stockholm.

Others who play accompanying roles are Bongani Bennedict Masango (writer, director and composer), Moses “Strike Moshe” Tholo (musical director, music arranger and composer), Percy Mthunzi (music arranger and composer) and Thamsanqa Langeni (music arranger and producer).

Missing runs in the Playhouse Drama from May 15 to 17 at 19h00 and booking is through Computicket. For specials and block booking discounts call 031 369 9596 / 031 369 9540 / 031 369 9456. There is a PG age restriction