Soyikwa Players

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Soyikwa Players (also called Soyikwa Theatre, or Soyikwa Drama Group)

A theatre company founded and run by Matsemela Manaka in 1978. Members included Ronnie Mkwanazi, Danny Moitse, David Sebe, and Makarious Sebe. Although faced with limited resources Manaka worked with determination with the likes of Ray Hlongwane, Sibongile Khumalo, Maishe Maponya, Motumi Makhene, John Ledwaba, Ali Hlongwane and Job Kubatsi to found and develop the Soyikwa Institute for African Art. They produced provocative and enlightened stage productions including Imbumba, Vuka and Pula which were presented at international theatre festivals in London, Edinburgh, Berlin and Copenhagen. (Tribute to Manaka written by Sandile Memela, published in City Press, 2 August 1998).

In 1979 Manaka’s Egoli: City of Gold was developed “under the auspices of Soyikwa” and produced at The Space in August.. Also did Pula (1981 to 1984), *** and ** by Manaka as well as a number of plays by other playwrights, including Zakes Mda (The Road, Dead End, Dark Voices Ring), *** and ***. (see ) [**THIS NEEDS FOLLOW UP* See Steadman?*] Soyikwa: A company which presented Matsemela Manaka’s Vuka downstairs at the Wits Theatre in March 1986 after its run at the Market Theatre. ****

SOYIKWA AFRICAN THEATRE PRODUCTIONS: Folder containing, previews, reviews, press cuttings, and information sheets on productions staged by the theatre. These include: Imbumba by Matsemela Manaka; Shaka excerpt from Ogun Abbibiman by Wole Soyinka; Vuka by Matsemela Manaka; Pula by Matsemela Manaka; Children of Asazi by Matsemela Manaka; The Eve by Jerry Raletebele;

Soyikwa Institute of African Theatre


(See Kruger, 1999, Steadman, 198*; Tucker, 1997)

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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