You can see the original cast on stage at The Fringe from 16-28 October. Schools performances at 11:00 with all seats at R70.
Written and directed by Lara Foot, the play based on the devastating true story of child rape that rocked the nation and shocked the world.
Drawing on a South African style of story-telling, combining striking visual imagery with magic realism, Mncedisi Shabangu reprises his role as Simon and Nonceba Constance Didi plays Ruth in this haunting and uplifting story of redemption.
Shabangu, renowned for his unique style of physical theatre, received the 2003 Fleur du Cap Best Actor award for his performance, while the simplicity and symbolism of Gerhard Marx’s designs create an evocative backdrop for Foot’s critically-acclaimed production.
Responding to the tragedy of child rape in SA, Foot started to write Tshepang in 2002, based on extensive research and investigation into both physical and socio-economic landscapes.
While the content is based on fact, Tshepang is purely fictional, weaving together 20 000 stories – the number of child rapes nationwide per year. An attempt to come to terms with devastation of this magnitude, the production draws audiences into the complexities and contradictions that surround child rape and ultimately becomes a story of love and forgiveness.
“While searching for meaning in the incomprehensible brutality of this heinous and senseless act, I wanted the play to bring insight to the audience and perhaps, in its small way, even offer some sort of healing,” Foot explained.
Joburg City Theatre’s artistic director Makhaola Ndebele said, “Our Youth and Community Department is proud to be producing Tshepang in The Fringe as part of our ongoing development programmes. We’re confident it will introduce new audiences – drawn from both schools and the wider Joburg community – to what has already become a highly regarded theatre classic.”
Tshepang has won numerous awards, including the Critics Circle Award in Montreal and the Best New South African Play and Best Actor at the Fleur du Cap Awards in SA. It has toured Germany and Switzerland, as well as playing in New York, Edinburgh, London, Brisbane, Stockholm and Amsterdam. Published in English and Zulu, it has been performed in prisons and rural settlements throughout SA.