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by Mavis Taylor and the UCT Workshop/ by Itumeleng Wa-Lehure, Mavis Taylor and Mark Fleishman [this according to Wa Lehure’s CV]. A workshopped play as a response to the violence present in our society. Working on the play it became increasingly clear that the solution necessary are extremely complex yet there is a belief that there is a way forward.

Awarded the Fleur du Cap Award for Best New Indigenous Script.

Performance history in South Africa

1986: First performed in the Little Theatre, Cape Town in 1986, directed by Mavis Taylor (a UCT Drama Department production). Assistant directors Mark Fleishman and Stephen Jennings, choreography Alfred Hinkel. Set design by Gavin Younge, lighting design by Sydney Jansen, music created by Nigel Maister. The cast were Poppy Tsira, Dumile Magodla, Gideon de Wet, Owen de Jager, Ann Fielding, Michelle Constant, Mark Fleishman, Nina Shepherd, Itumeleng Wa Lehulere, Pauline O'Kelly, Pamela Matshikwe.

1988: Performed Upstairs at the Market in January and February, directed by Mavis Taylor, starring Nomthetho Sibisi, Dumile Magodla, Itumeleng Wa Lehulere, Gideon de Wet, Shirley Ellis, Mark Fleishman, Susan Pam, Michelle Constant, Lionel Newton and Mararetha Fischer. Patrick Curtis, lighting designer; Gavin Yonge set designer.

Translations and adaptations


Thina Bantu theatre pamphlet, 1986.

Review written by Raeford Daniel, The Citizen, 21 January 1988.

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