Tin Bucket Drum

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Tin Bucket Drum is a play the play by Neil Coppen, about Nomvula, "a spirited child born with a revolutionary heart-beat into a cruel and silent dictatorship".


2007: Performed at the Hilton Arts Festival and the Grahamastown Festival by ThinkTheatre, directed Neil Coppen and Karen Logan, with Nthando Cele as Nomvula. Design by Neil Coppen, Musical direction by Mike Mazzoni.

2010: Performed at the Catalina Theatre, Durban from 12 to 25 May and at the Grahamstown Festival by ThinkTheatre, directed by Neil Coppen, with Mpume Mthombeni and Thuli Zuma alternating in the role of Nomvula, and percussion backing by Wake Mahlobo.

2012: Performed in New York by ThinkTheatre, courtesy of by the Horse Trade Theater Group in conjunction with the South African Imewbu Trust. Directed by Karen Logan, with Mpume Mthombeni and percussion backing by Wake Mahlobo.

2013: Performed by ThinkTheatre at the Kalk Bay Theatre, Cape Town, 14 August to 8 September, directed by Karen Logan, with Mpume Mthombeni and percussion backing by Wake Mahlobo.

2015: Performed at the Con Cowan Theatre, University of Johannesburg in August, by Jade Bowers Design and Management, directed by Jade Bowers, with Warona Seane.


The play won won the Audience Vote Award for Best Production at the MUSHO! Theatre Festival in 2007, a Durban Theatre Award for best actress and best new South African script 2007, and a Standard Bank Ovation award at the Grahamstown Festival in 2010.

Winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize (2018).