Lwanda Sindaphi’s Kudu at Magnet Theatre

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KUDU poster, courtesy of the Magnet Theatre.

The Magnet Theatre’s Internship programme presents Lwanda Sindaphi’s new play KUDU.

The second Theatre-Maker from Lwanda Sindaphi’s KUDU opens at Magnet Theatre on the 1 December and runs until the 3 December. This is following the success of Nwabisa Plaatjie’s 23 years, a month and 7 days.

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Lwando Magwaca, Meagan Booysen, Beviol Swartz, Zizipho Quluba, Luthando Mvandaba, Natasha Gana, Livie Ncanywa and Emmanuel Ntsamba in KUDU. Photograph by Andreas Donders.

Set in the year 2030, the AmaXhosa Nation has taken over the Eastern Cape in an attempt to utilise the land for their own prosperity. Meanwhile three Khoi-Coloured descendants and their aging cow are migrating to the Eastern Cape. The drama centres on their encounter with Intaba KaNdoda, a poverty-stricken community once ruled by the Khoi chief Ndoda. The Khoi-Coloured descendants, having heard stories of how chief Ndoda was killed in a land dispute, have come to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. They have arrived to take back the Land from the AmaXhosa.

KUDU includes a cast of gifted young Magnet Theatre performers such as Beviol Swarts, Emmanuel Ntsamba, Livie Ncanywa, Luthando Mvandaba, Lwando Magwaca, Meagan Booysen, Natasha Gana and Zizipho Quluba. Sought after poet, actor, theatre director and playwright, Lwanda Sindaphi, directs the play with choreography by renowned actress, director and choreographer, Jennie Reznek.

“I’ve been reading a book by David Robbins called On The Bridge of Goodbye. In the book there’s this quote about genocide which I find relevant to KUDU, ‘Physical genocide, that’s something that everyone knows. But what about spiritual genocide? The genocide of consciousness, of language, of culture. That’s what I want to write about: about someone who looks like his own people, but is only a shell. Inside, he is like a zombie.’ The play is about people reclaiming their own piece of land reclaiming their customs, their culture, their languages and their spirituality. It’s people fighting to be acknowledged not as extinct but as existing.” – Lwanda Sindaphi

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Beviol Swartz, Luthando Mvandaba and Meagan Booysen in KUDU. Photograph by Andreas Donders.

The Theatre-making Internship Programme

The Theatre-making Internship Programme invited two emerging theatre-maker/directors to spend a year with the 3rd year trainees on Magnet Theatre’s Fulltime Training and Job Creation Programme. Its goal is to give emerging theatre makers/directors the opportunity to create a theatre product under the mentorship of professional directors (Mark Fleishman and Jennie Reznek) in a safe environment where they are creatively free and not restricted by the need to battle for financial survival.

Event Details

  • Venue: Magnet Theatre
  • Time: 19:30
  • Dates: 1 December, 2 December, 3 December (with additional matinee performance on Saturday 3 December at 2pm)

Ticket Prices are R60 for the general public and R40 for pensioners, students and scholars. Bookings can be made online at webtickets.co.za. 

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