20 – 25 March 2018


Ramolao Makhene Theatre


Mahlatsi Mokgonyana


From the multi award-winning theatre duo comes Tswalo a celebration of the art of solo performance a tale told through poetry and physical storytelling entwine to interrogate the rules that govern life on earth, such as power, creation, politics, connection, and intuition –the performers’ expression of his ‘source’. The work undoubtedly begs the question (or theory) of being, becoming and unbecoming

Tswalo is the winner of the Cape Town Fringe Fresh Performer Award and Cape Town Fringe Fresh Creative Award for Directing. In Tswalo, the performer’s expression of his spiritual “source” gives the audiences the baton to walk through their own paradigm of ontology, the poetry, prose and physical storytelling furnish us with the necessary tools into a deep meditation.

To remember is an art form, to go into the biological memory, and to rely on bone and DNA as sources of information in the time travel of both past and future is an intuitive skill. To awaken the primary senses in anatomy is perhaps the answer to the social responsibility and the political queries of this world. Tswalo is a body of poems constructed to fragment a narrative that is carried in both physicality and Voice. It is placed in a timeless space of existence, which explores the primary themes of being, chaos and beauty, blood and birth, love and war in the same frame.

The multi award-winning production has played to sold out houses and received great reviews and rapturous responses such as “This is what theatre should, and can be.”- Weekend Special, “Mystical made manifest “-The Critter, “World-Class performance…”- theatre sceneCT and “Tswalo is intelligent theatre”- artscomments.

Tswalo was originally created as a dance piece in 2013, the work went into a development phase in 2016 which resulted as a piece of total theatre that combines movement, song and poetry to develop a new distinct theatrical language as a way of reconstructing and deconstructing the orthodox and the traditional chronology of telling stories.

The production played to critical acclaim at Theatre Arts Admin collective Cape Town , Popart in Maboneng, The Plat4orm, Alexander Bar , Café and Theatre Cape Town, after enjoying a sold out run and encore performances both in Cape Town and in Johannesburg, we are excited to come back to Johannesburg at Market Theatre Laboratory from the 20th to the 24th of March at 8pm with a matinee on the 25th of March at 3pm.

This delightful and masterful work is also published by Junkets Publisher; an independent not-for-profit publishing house in Cape Town specialising in publishing high-quality books of mainly new South African plays,Tswalo is published in the Time Sequence series supported by Arts & Culture Trust and it is available for purchase.

Tswalo is Written and Performed by Billy Langa with Direction and Lighting design by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana in collaboration with Composer and Sound Designer John Withers.