The Tyrant
Theatre / Princess Alice

The production takes a look at a terrifying near future envisioned as the end of white monopoly capital in South Africa when Malema's EFF comes to power. 


The tyranny that civil war brings, breaks families apart, a bond between friends is shaken, a country is divided between believers and non-believers, and whites flee. This causes a mirroring of Nazism in Germany under Hilter where millions were killed in the name of a revolution for its rightful landowners.


Paul and Zinga are two former fishermen on the Eastern Coast who are forced to live separate lives when civil war starts. Their three-decade-long friendship is turned into a feud when Paul joins Malema's Army and Zinga chooses to be part of the rebel group planning to overthrow the Tyrant. Paul plans Zinga's escape to a sanctuary in Mozambique where he can live as a free fisherman and feed his family. But when Athi's pregnant wife dies, all plans change…

Production Credits

Written & Directed by Xabiso Zweni

Featuring Anele Penny

Set & Visual Design by Shafiq Kalumo

Stage Manager by Bantu Dama

Lightning Design by Silindokuhle Tembani


  • Venue: Princess Alice
  • Location: Princess Alice Hall
  • Ticket price: R100.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 55mins
  • Ages: 14+
    • Strong Language
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