Methodist Church Hall • Cnr Milton Road and Wesley Street • Observatory • 7925 • Cape Town

Cwaka

theatre
Conceived and Directed by Qondiswa James Co-written by the artistic team Performed by Tankiso Mamabolo and Namisa Mdlalose Music by Sibahle Sky Dladla Sound Design by Gugulethu Duma Set Design and Lighting by Themba Stewart


Qondiswa James is a cultural worker living in Cape Town, South Africa. She is an award-winning theatre-maker, performance artist, film and theatre performer, instillation artist, writer, arts facilitator and activist. She is currently studying her Masters in Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art at the Institute of Creative Arts. Her work engages the socio-political imagination towards mobilising transgression.

Namisa Mdlalose is a theatre-maker who has been awarded “Co-Playwright of the Year” at National Arts Festival 2016 for Figs. She debuted her solo durational performance art piece Matthew 16:24 at ARCADE live art festival 2018. She has been directed under Byron Bure RENT!, Jonathan Munby King Kong, Janice Honeyman The Color Purple, Janice Honeyman and Timothy Le Roux Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Pantomime and Matthew Wild Kinky Boots. 

 Sibahle Sky Dladla is an African instrumentalist, a percussionist, marimba maker, a songwriter, singer and bow instrument maker. She is the founder of Blackroots Marimbas, has toured to Mozambique, Brazil and Zimbabwe performing and hosting instrument building workshops and in November 2019 opened for Freshly Ground at Mercury Live.  She currently performs with Zolani Mahola’s trio band.

Tankiso Mamabolo is a multi-award winning actor, composer, singer, writer and dancer. She has performed in multiple theatre works including Nothing But the Truth, written and directed by John Kani, and Marc Lottering’s Aunty Merle (nominated for best supporting actress for both Naledi and Fleur du Cap Awards). She co-wrote and performed in the award winning play The Fall (New York Times Critics’ Choice List) and has released her first solo album titled 'Freedom Hurts Sometimes'.

Dumama, born Gugulethu Duma, is a South African future folk performing artist, songwriter and cultural researcher. Inspired by issues around inequality and displacement, she experiments with notions of ancient sounds in a new world, with projects concerned with cultural preservation and the tension and harmonies present in intergenerational exchanges, primarily working with sound and silence. 

Themba Stewart is a theatre maker, lighting and installation artist, designer, builder, teacher, technical, tour and production manager whocurrently works as a Production Manager for Magnet Theatre. He has run shows for multiple companies including Magnet Theatre, Siwela Sonke, Infecting the City, Live Arts Festival,  Edingburgh Festival, Assitej international festivals and BAM. As a director, Themba most recently wrote and directed Red Aloes, originally performed at Magnet Theatre and reimagined as a site specific work for the Zeitz Mocca.