Dankie Auntie

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Dankie Auntie [“Thank you Auntie”] is a musical play by Zakes Mda.

The original text

The play is about a young girl, Pearly Heavens, and her poignant existence in a oppressive society, living with other children and two characters, Grand Old Dame and Papa Oupa by the side of a railway track. The series of flashbacks retelling Pearly's life are highlighted by the powerful use of wryly humorous songs and dance.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

First performed by the Umanyano Players of Cape Town at the Grahamstown Festival in 1989, diected by Mavis Taylor, starring Lindy Bacela, Rehane Abrahams and Sabata Sesiu. Music created by Sabata Sesiu, dance created by Mandla Mdlalose, lighting design by Paul Abrams.


National Arts Festival programme 1989. p.30.

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