So Where To?

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So Where To? is a play by Smal Ndaba in the genre Township theatre. It is a passionate play about the anguish and sorrows of three young women for whom motherhood is blighted by the prejudices and problems of apartheid. Set in 1976 against the background of the school riots and oppressive police action the play examines the lot of three women from dissimilar backgrounds who are expecting their illegitimate babies in a maternity hospital.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

First at the Laager by the Sibikwa Players in November 1989 starring Nomvula Nene, Busisiwe Zofuka, Zandile Mthethwa, Doris Sihula, directed by Smal Ndaba.

During 1990 the play was staged at the Joseph Stone Auditorium (April) and at the Grahamstown Festival directed by Smal Ndaba and Phyllis Klotz and with some with cast changes. Included in the cast were Lindeni Mahlobo and Tina Jaxa.

It toured Southern Africa and graced the stages of several festivals abroad.


Vrye Weekblad, 10 November 1989, 27 April 1990.

Cape Times, 13 April 1990.

The Sunday Independent, 3 December 2000.

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According to some reviews published in The Sowetan in November 1988, the play was originally entitled Waarnatoe? = So where to?.

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