Nguni: A Love Story

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Nguni: A Love Story is a 2004 play by Nicholas Ellenbogen. It explores some of the tensions between the rights of women and some aspects of Zulu tradition in the modern world.

The original text

The play was inspired by the book The Abundant Herds: a Celebration of the Nguni Cattle of the Zulu People (2003) by Marguerite Poland [1].

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

First staged in the Kalk Bay Theatre, Cape Town in June 2004, directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen with Nhlanhla Mavundla, Lulama Masimini, Zandile Msutwana and Nicholas Ellenbogen. The same production was staged on the Fringe at the Grahamstown Festival in 2006.


Cape Times, 9 June 2004.

Mail & Guardian, 18 August 2006.

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