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

Thando Mangcu: Pieces


Written and directed by Thando Mangcu

Performed by Elizabeth Akudugu, Faith Kinniar, Grace Barnes and Nolufefe Ntshuntshe

Design by Thando Mangcu

Poster design by Warren Turner

Photos by Jesse Kramer

“Pozzo: I don’t seem to be able… (long hesitation) to depart”

- Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Pieces is a futuristic absurd comedy that explores existence in all its complexity.

“The play started as an exploration of the gaze - how it relates to us as black womxn: alienation, inclusion and trying to fit in whilst trying to find an individual voice - the tension of disrupting an already established space.   

When reflecting on winning the ETDB Mangcu says, “I had seen the impact (this accolade) made for my peers. It means that I can explore, as a theatre maker my areas of interest, limitlessly. I am most looking forward to deepening the skills I have learnt about theatre making and directing. I also look forward to new collaborations and creating new work whilst continuing the conversation and exploring various topics on intersectional feminism in an embodied way.”

In 2016 Thando co-wrote and co-curated The Fall, a play about the 2015 #RhodesMustFall student movements at UCT. It won the Encore Award at the 2016 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. The Fall returns to The Baxter in June 2017.