The Suit
Theatre / Centenary Hall

Can Themba was an icon of South African literature and storytelling. Barney Simon too was a monumental figure in the Theatre of this land. “The Suit”, adapted from the work of Can Themba, and directed by Barney Simon, premiered 30 years ago and had Sello Maake kaNcube in the leading role - one which he reprises 3 decades later, at the 50th edition of South Africa’s National Arts Festival.


THE SUIT is the last play that the great theatre guru Barney Simon directed. 


At the directing helm, are the Theatre Duo of Mahlatsi Mokgonyana and Billy Langa, and the production’s dramaturge for the new imagining is J.Bobs Tshabalala together with Sello Maake KaNcube and Pearl Maake kaNcube


You may also catch our sterling cast: 

Sello Maake kaNcube

Didintle Khunou

Lebohang Motaung

Alex Sono


In this world, we meet Philemon and Matilda, a couple whose love and marital life is rocked by a life altering incident. We witness the lengths to which one can go to get closure or vengeance, or even both.


For a feast in authentic South African Storytelling, BOOK NOW!

Production Credits

Authors: Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon



Sello Maake kaNcube

Didintle Khunou

Lebohang Motaung

Alex Sono


Director: Mahlatsi Mokgonyana 


Producers: Jefferson Tshabalala, Sello Maake kaNcube and Pearl Maake kaNcube 


Musician: Nkululeko Nkosi

About the Artists

Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala - Producer

Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala is a multiple award winning creative who works as an Artist, Entrepreneur and Teacher.


He is a published author, with three titles to his name: (Khongolose Khommanding Khommisars, Ekasi Lam’: An Ode to Kwaito Un-Owed to Kwaito, and Poet.O.Type).


He was the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist of the year Award for Theatre (2020), the Arts and Culture Trust ImpACT Award (2020), and he has garnered numerous other accolades for a multitude of his creative endeavours. Most recently, he appeared as the leading star of the Netflix film - Big Nunus Little Heist.


In his capacity as an educator, he has held lecturing and guest lecturer posts at Wits University, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, Market Theatre Laboratory, AFDA JHB and University of Johannesburg.


He is the founder of Ub’Dope Shishini (Pty) Ltd, a business divided into two units – “Ub’Dope Designs” and “Seen Pha”. Ub’Dope Designs is the creative wing (Live. Screen. Music. Literature. Boardgames). Seen Pha is the clothing wing (Fashion. Lifestyle. Culture).


At Ub’Dope Shishini, Tshabalala drives the goal to produce the finest in African Creative Art, serve it proudly to Africans, then export its genius generously to the world stage.


Sello Maake kaNcube - Producer

Sello Maake kaNcube is a highly revered South African actor and director. He has performed on some of the most prestigious stages worldwide. Amongst others, he played the title role in the Lion King at London West End and also played the lead role in Othello as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company Tour in Japan. He has won several awards for both directing and performing on stage. This is in addition to numerous roles that he has played in TV dramas and feature films. In 1994 he won the last DALRO Best Actor Award for his lead role in the very first performance of Can Themba’s “The Suit,” adapted by Mothobi Mutloatse and directed by Barney Simon.


He acted the role of Can Themba in the bioplay, The House of Truth, a one-man play that depicts the life of South African writer and journalist, Can Themba. 


In 2023, Sello took on one of the best plays to ever come out of South Africa, Nothing But The Truth by Dr. John Kani. He performed the lead role of Sipho Makhaya.


Pearl Maake kaNcube - Producer

Pearl Maake kaNcube is the founder and CEO of Wisdom Mobile Marketing Solutions, a brand and public relations agency that specialises in working with actors, musicians and SMMEs. Pearl completed the Stanford University See Transformation Program West Africa (MBA). She has a BBA in Marketing Management from IMM Graduate School, a MAP certificate from Wits Business School and a Practical Project Management Certificate from UNISA (SBL).


Production Experience:

She has worked as the production manager for a couple of productions under the Sello Maake kaNcube Foundation. One production that stands out for her is Nothing but the Truth by Dr John Kani which starred Sello Maake kaNcube, together with Mbali Nhlapho and Ziaphora Dakile. The second flagship production was that of Bloke and His American Bantu, written by Dr Siphiwo Mahala and directed by Sello Maake kaNcube. She has also produced an all-female play, The Voice, which addresses violence against women and children. 2024 productions include Ihhashi Elimhlophe's 45 Years in Music, and The Suit.

  • Venue: Centenary Hall
  • Location: St Andrews College
  • Ticket price: ZAR 150.00
  • Programme type: Curated Programme
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 75 mins
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