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Monday, June 10, 2019


Nomalizo, The Brave is a musical tale of love which comes to the Playhouse for a short season from June 26 to 30, 2019. 

Honouring youth month and the country’s diverse and culturally-distinctive narratives, Nomalizo, The Brave shines a spotlight on how some traditions still perpetuate the oppression of young women, and the tensions between traditional cultural practices played out in a modern context.

The Nomalizo of the production’s title is a brave young woman who is deprived of the opportunity to marry the man she loves because of the cultural practice of “ukuthwala intombi” which refers to the tradition of forced marriages - when a woman is obliged to marry the man chosen for her by the community elders. The story encourages women to stand on their own and not allow men – or anyone else - to decide their futures for them.

The production showcases this relevant and topical story with powerful message through music, drama and dance – in particular acapella unaccompanied song. Told in English and isiZulu, it features a cast of 23 performers from Durban’s uMlazi and Ntuzuma, and is written and directed by Bonginkosi Shangase, supported by Bongani Mbatha and Zeph Nzama.

It has had previous stagings on the Fringe of the 2017 National Arts Festival and at the Community Arts Festival at the Playhouse.

The show runs in the Playhouse Drama from June 26 to 29 with performances at 19h00 with a matinee on June 29 at 14h00 and an early show on June 30 at 15h00. There will also be a performance for schools on June 28 at 11h00.

Playhouse bookings at Webtickets online (credit-cards, Zapper or SnapScan) or in-store at Pick n Pay. Public booking is R100