Award-winning The Shoe Man for Festival of Fame


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Raymond Mlaza and Samson Mlambo - The Shoe Man
Raymond Mlaza and Samson Mlambo – The Shoe Man

Samson Mlambo presents the MUSHO! Audience Choice Award “The Shoe Man” at the NSA’s Festival of Fame, run in partnership with ASSITEJ SA.

“The Shoe Man”, performed by Raymond Mlaza, a recent graduate of the esteemed Drama for Life programme at Wits, is an inspiring tale, specifically crafted for scholars to demonstrate the importance of persevering in education. It takes us through the journey of a young man, known for his shiny shoes, who goes to live with an uncle to be closer to a multi-racial school and who is determined to beat the odds stacked against him. Its simple storyline, which highlights the fun side of school and the memories that are created there, will leave the audience dazzled with satisfaction and appreciation.

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The Shoe Man

  • 8 March, Wednesday 09:30
  • 9 March, Thursday 09:30
  • 10 March Friday 09:30
  • 11 March Saturday 10:00

The Festival of Fame Day Pass will give access to all productions that are part of the festival at the school and at the Joburg Theatre taking place between 09h00 and 18h00.
Tickets cost R90 per day.
A separate ticket will need to be purchased for the evening shows.

Block bookings can be arranged through the National School of the Arts, Charmaine Stander and individual purchases can be made through Joburg Theatre’s ticket office.

Mlaza says: “I am excited about performing for school audiences because there is so much to learn from this character that Samson has crafted.” Mlaza was last seen on stages performing “The Antidote: The Musical” directed by Simemezelo Xulu.

Mlambo’s work as a writer and director continues to shine in cities around the world. Having won the audience choice award for “The Shoe Man” at the 2014 MUSHO! Festival in Durban and now presenting in Johannesburg, Mlambo recently participated in the New Visions/ New Voices residency at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C which was arranged by ASSITEJ South Africa. Mlambo is hoping to present on his work “Mr Jose and the Rabbits” at the Cradle of Creativity: 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Young People taking place at the end of May.



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