Award-winning Tshepang to run at Joburg Theatre


Tshepang PosterLara Foot’s multi-award-winning play Tshepang: The Third Testament comes to Joburg Theatre for a limited run.

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.

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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.

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.

Joburg Theatre offers a range of affordable ticket options for Tshepang, including R40 tickets for the first preview, 11:00 schools performances when all seats are R70 and evening performances at just R150. Please note the production, which runs for 80 minutes without an interval, carries an age restriction of PG 15.


Dates, Times, Prices:
Tues 16 Oct at 11:00 – Preview performance: All seats R40
Weds 17, Fri 19, Tues 23, Weds 24, Thurs 25, Fri 26 Oct at 11:00 – Schools performances: All seats R70*
Thurs 18, Fri 19, Sat 20, Thurs 25, Fri 26, Sat 27 Oct at 20:00 – Evening performances: All seats R150
Sun 21 & Sun 28 Oct at 15:00 – Matinee performances: All seats R150

Where: The Fringe, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein

Book now: At Joburg Theatre Box Office; or tel. 0861 670 670; or online at or

Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores.

Keep up to date with Joburg Theatre on, @JoburgTheatre #Tshepang or online at

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.

Related: Review: National Arts Festival 2016: Tshepang


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