The Department of Drama and Production Studies at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) will stage Lindinkosi Mbatha’s Nawe Mbopha KaSithayi, to be performed by 2nd year Drama Students from August 13 to 16.
This is a re-worked version of the 2012 production as the Zulu nation is celebrating 200 years of Ilembe’s regiment. The production will be directed by DUT Drama lecturer, Siza KaMnisi Mthembu, with music composition by Aphiwe Namba.
Mbatha’s Zulu drama, Nawe Mbopha KaSithayi (“You Too, Mbopha, Son of Sithayi”) is about the life of King Shaka and deals with his death at the hands of his assassins, his half-brother Dingane, and another half-brother, Mhlangana, assisted by a servant, Mbopha.
The son of Senzangakhona, born outside of marriage, Shaka Zulu became King after his father’s death. He achieved this through the help of his aunt, Princess Mkabayi KaJama. However, Shaka later became too powerful and started attacking other clans like Mzilikazi, abaSwati and the Sothos. Mkabayi did not like this; she then persuaded Shaka’s chief adviser, Mbopha KaSithayi, to have Shaka killed in order for Dingane, Shaka’s half-brother, to be king.”
Nawe Mbopha KaSithayi features a cast of 43 young performers, headed by Zuzumuzi Mdamba, as Shaka, with Senzo Mabanga and Thabiso Mkhize as Mbopha KaSithayi and Celestia Mpanza, Noluvuyo Khumalo and Busisiwe Xulu as Mkabayi KaJama.
Nawe Mbopha KaSithayi runs at the Courtyard Theatre, DUT from August 13 to 16 nightly at 19h00. Tickets R40 (R20 students and pensioners) at the door:
For more information contact Lebohang Sibisi or Busisiwe Mqadi on 031 373 2194/2801.