And The Girls in Their Sunday Dresses

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A play by Zakes Mda

The original text

A play dealing with corruption and bureaucracy in Lesotho and Southern Africa, through the eyes of two women waiting in line to get food. First published in And The Girls in Their Sunday Dresses: Four Works, Wits University Press, 1993 and in Drama for a New South Africa (David Graver Ed.) by Indiana University Press in 1999.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted and updated for production in 2010 by Princess Mhlongu.


1988: First performed by the Meso Theatre Group of Lesotho in 1988, and taken to the Edinburgh Festival. Also performed at the West Indian Centre, Leeds in the UK.

1989: Performed at the Market Theatre.

2008: Performed at the State Theatre, directed by Princess Mhlongo, starring Lesego Motsepe as "The Woman" and Hlengiwe Lushaba as "The Lady".

2010: Performed at the Market Theatre, revived and updated by Princess Mhlongu


The Citizen, 11 November 2008 (State Theatre production).

Malan, Wilson and Fick. 2013. Now I Am Alone 1: pp.42-45.

Malan, Wilson and Fick. 2013. Now I Am Alone 1: pp.26-29

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