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Wednesday, September 18, 2019


(Sphamandla Khaye, Ayanda Mhlaba, Lihle Ngubo, Taselo Mbhele & Sphiwe Dlamini. Pic by Val Adamson)

Nongogo, by world renowned playwright Athol Fugard, is an intriguing story of a woman in search of her dreams and herself. Set in a Shabeen in contemporary South Africa. Nongogo/Queeny is a powerful woman who must struggle to succeed in the face of the structural violence of the township.

Nongogo is directed by renowned Durban playwright, actor and director Philisiwe Twijnstra and performed by University of KwaZulu-Natal Drama students. Twijnstra says, “Directing Nongogo has come at just the right time in our country. Women in South Africa are on their bleeding knees. We all know women like Queeny … they are either dead, buried or relentlessly fighting to breathe.”  Nongogo is a play that mirrors our South African reality, offering us questions that makes us think about our existence and our purpose to heal and love through it all.

Nongogo is produced by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Drama and Performance Studies Department and runs from October 3 to 6, 2019, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Performances take place at 19h00 from October 3 to 5 and on October 6 at 15h00.

Tickets R50 can be purchased at the Sneddon Box office an hour before the performance.

Discounts for schools and block bookings are available. Contact Sandile on 031 260 3133 between 09h00 and 11h00 weekdays only.