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Kwamanzi ("of water") is a play by Nicholas Ellenbogen and the Loft Theatre Company.

The original text

A documentary drama, it was researched by Nicholas Ellenbogen and workshopped with the Loft Theatre Company for the specific purpose of educating an audience through entertainment. Centredon the drought cycle, Kwamanzi deals with man's intrusion into the eco-system and his effect on it.

The performance text is contained in Volume Two of The Complete Works of Nicholas Ellenbogen and Theatre for Africa (privately published by Theatre for Africa)

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1985: Performed in the Monument Theatre at the National Arts Festival, 1985, starring Greg Melvill-Smith, Annie Robinson, Ellis Pearson and Judi Broderick among others.

1992: Presented at the Wits Amphitheatre

1998: Staged in November as a lunch time production, presented by Theatre for Africa in association with Cape Magic, on the Buren rampart of the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.

His Theatre for Africa presented Kwamanzi and Elephant of Africa at the Wits Theatre in 1992.


National Arts Festival programme, 1985.

Theatre for Africa. (n.d.) The Complete Works of Nicholas Ellenbogen and Theatre for Africa Claremont, Cape Town.

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