Mongi Mthombeni

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Mongi Mthombeni (19*-). Choreographer, scriptwriter and performer.


Mongi is interested in physical creativity, and devised theatre, and he brings dynamism and energy to his directing. Mongi is an ex-Rhodes student running rampant with an honours degree in mime, directing, physical theatre and play studies. He was trained under Andrew Buckland and Phillipa de Villiers (a Le Coq mime instructor).

Mongi teaches Physical theatre at the Cape Town Film school, AFDA.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Performances include roles in Fuse (NAF, 2004), A Place with the Pigs (NAF, 2006), The Jungle Book (Market Theatre 2008), The Butcher Brothers (2010), Planet B (NAF 2011).

Among the works choreographed are Serotonin Productions' Surfacing (NAF, 2006).

He has performed with Andrew Buckland (touring Edinburgh Festival), and Nicholas Ellenbogen (Theatre for Africa).

Awards, etc.

Mongi Mthombeni was shortlisted for the 2005 Naledi Award in the Best Male Newcomer/ Breakthrough for his performance in Fuse which has been described as “a performance injected with a hyperactive, madcap sense of humour as impressive as the physical performances”.


Beeld, 21 October 2008.

The Star, 6 July 2010.

The Herald, 8 July 2011.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

IMDb [1].

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