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Somdaka is a play by Gcina Mhlophe. The play is about a village man who chooses to stay at home rather than leave for the city mines. He earns a living by making vibrant garments on his sewing machine.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1989: A production at the Market Theatre was directed by Gcina Mhlophe, starring Connie Chiume, Glen Gabela (as Somdaka) and Daphney Hlomuka.


Theatre programme and photographs held by NELM. Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Review in Business Day, 7 December 1989.

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