national Arts Festival Banner

Thursday, May 18, 2017


(Sibusiso Mpendulo Nzama & Sabelo Cele)

The Last Outpost will be presented at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg from May 25 to 27. It is written by UKZN MA candidate Francis Mennigke, a Standard Bank Ovation Award winner for his original script Morgue in 2014.

Today, 23 years after South Africa’s first democratic election, colonialism still exists. Rather than imperial forts and army barracks, some of these spaces are psychological.

Directed by Rhodes University graduate, Josh Martin, this dark satire thrusts the audience into the mind of Juvakazi Sengwayo (or “Juice”, as he is dubbed by his oppressors), a young man grappling with the remnants of colonialism which continue keep him from living free. In this space, he loses everything: his name, his history, his culture and his language. Forced to contend with two decomposing British soldiers who have set up the Empire’s last outpost in his mind – the oppressive and tyrannical Codswallop and Broomhead – Juvakazi is confronted with a brutal and heartless discrimination.

Willing to stop at nothing to free himself from his mental shackles, Juvakazi launches a final assault on the last outpost which the two red coats continue to cling to. Will Juice drive out his captors and reclaim his language and identity? Or will he allow them to continue holding his mind prisoner?

The production features Sibusiso Mpendulo Nzama, Sabelo Cele, Francis Mennigke and Ed Pepperell. The Last Outpost seeks to open an honest dialogue around the question of decolonisation.

Performances take place at 19h00 from May 25 to 27 at the Hexagon Theatre on the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus. Tickets R70 (R35 students) available at the door, or book through