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Nongogo is a play by Athol Fugard. One of his earliest plays, about a cheap prostitute ("a woman for two and six") who has become a shebeen owner.



First performed at the Darragh Hall, 1959 in Johannesburg, directed by Athol Fugard with Zakes Mokae as "Blackie", Tandi Khumalo as "Queeny" and Solomon Rachilo as "Johnny". Other cast members were Cornelius Mabaso and David Phetoe.


Performed in The Gym at the The Space (Cape Town), directed by Lynne Maree with Ko Eckhart, Brian Ebden, Thoko Ntshinga, Joko Scott and Tiny Skefile. Design by Lynne Maree and Colin Jantjies, music by Clive Haylett and stage management by Pam Mills.


A production in this year was directed by Lucille Gillwald. (Source: The Sowetan, 24 November 1981).


Directed by Jerry Mofokeng at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre in August 1994, with Dambisa Kente in the lead. Executive director Alan Joseph; Artistic director Janice Honeyman; Production manager Jane Gosnell. This production was staged at the National Arts Festival with Owen Sejake as Sam, Patrick Shai as Johnny, Dambisa Kente as Queeny, Patrick played by Mike Mvelase and Blackie by Arthur Molepo. Nominated for a FNB/Vita Play of the Year Award.


Mncedisi Baldwin Shabangu, Lindelani Buthelezi, Warona Seane, Sibusiso Mamba, Dimakatso Mataboge, and John Matshikiza for the programme for the Market Theatre production of Nongogo by Athol Fugard, staged in the Barney Simon theatre, 23 March - 30 April 2006.


Performed at Soweto Theatre Directed by James Ngcobo with Masasa Mbageni, Tony Kgoroge, Fana Mokoena and Desmond Dube. Then in September as part of the Joburg Arts Alive Festival, and in The Laager at the Market Theatre (9 October – 3 November 2013). Directed by James Ngcobo, with Desmond Dube, Hamilton Dlamini, Tony Kgoroge, Masasa Mbangeni and Fana Mokoena. Set Designer: Nadya Cohen, Lighting Designer: Wesley France, Stage Managers: Puleng Mabuya and Emelda Khola.


The Market Theatre revived its 2013 production with three of the original cast members, again directed by James Ngcobo now with Desmond Dube, Hamilton Dhlamini, Nat Ramabulana, Masasa Mbangeni and Pakamisa Zwedala. It played at the Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs in Toronto, Canada, under a project run by the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) and the Canadian Stage in Toronto.


First published by ** in 19**.

Published in Dimetos and two Early Plays by Oxford University Press in 197*.

Published in The Township Plays by Athol Fugard, edited by Dennis Walder, Oxford University Press, 1993, containing No-Good Friday, Nongogo, The Coat, Siswe Bansi is Dead, The Island.


Photograph by Jürgen Schadeberg (1959 production) held by NELM: Photograph collection [Collection: FUGARD, Athol]: 2016. 68. 22. 4.

Astbury, 1979. Headlines - Week 38 - 18/09/2013 10:00[1]

Athol Fugard – Statements. An Athol Fugard site by Iain Fisher[2]

National Arts Festival programme, 1994

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