Misplaced Shoes
Theatre / B2 Arena

Step into the colorful world of Misplaced Shoes, a play by Bokang Ntsutle, where the vibrant setting of a small town in the Free State region of South African sets the stage for a tale of friendship, identity, and unexpected twists. In this captivating play, audiences are invited to ponder the age-old question: what would you do if you found yourself in someone else's shoes?

Follow the journey of two best friends, Ayanda and Chantel, whose lives take an unexpected turn when they swap roles in a comedic yet poignant exploration of modern South African life. As they navigate the challenges of each other's lives, from overbearing mothers to societal expectations, they uncover hidden truths and discover the complexities of their own identities.

With the looming pressure of marriage, familial obligations, and personal aspirations, Ayanda and Chantel find themselves embroiled in a series of hilarious and heartwarming misadventures. From Chantel's new struggles with Black tax to Ayanda's hilarious mishaps on the Afrikaans dating show, Boer soek 'n Vrou , the play promises laughter, tears, and moments of profound introspection.

As the story unfolds, audiences are drawn into a world where cultural traditions clash with contemporary realities, and where the true meaning of friendship is put to the test. Will Ayanda find the courage to stand up to her greedy aunt? Will Chantel charm the judges on the dating show with her unconventional antics? And amidst all the chaos, will they both find the courage to be true to themselves?

Filled with witty dialogue, relatable characters, and unexpected twists, Misplaced Shoes offers a thought-provoking and entertaining exploration of life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. So grab your seat and prepare to be swept away on a journey that will leave you laughing, crying, and ultimately, inspired.

Production Credits

Writer & Director: Bokang Ntsutle

Cast: Nicole Smith

Set and Costume Designer: Ashraya Naidoo

Sound Designer: Rendani Nemakonde 

About the Artists

Bokang Ntsutle (Writer and Director)

Bokang Ntsutle, writer and director of Misplaced Shoes, is an award-winning actress from Bethlehem, Free State. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town, specialising in Nguni Bilingual Acting. She's appeared in notable theatre productions like Ways of Dying, The Battered Housewives' Club, and Mahareng: The Passage of a Bird. Transitioning to film, she won Best Actress in an LGBTQ+ film at the Standalone Film Festival for Iinyawo Zinodaka: Muddied Feet. She's been driven by her ambition since age 17, aspiring to impact South African youth through storytelling. This play marks her directorial debut, a milestone in her multifaceted career.

 

Cast

Nicole Smith, a recent Theatre and Performance graduate from the University of Cape Town, captivates audiences with her charming wit and quick dialogue, effortlessly shifting between characters. Known for roles in productions like A Midsummer Night's Dream Adaptation and Everybody Else (is F*!king Perfect), she's committed to exploring diverse facets of the performing arts, from singing to writing and dancing.

Luyanda Jantjie, a Johannesburg native, holds an undergraduate degree in Drama and Theatre studies with Psychology from Stellenbosch University. She recently completed her honours in theatre directing at the University of Cape Town and is now pursuing her master's in theatre. Luyanda wrote and choreographed The (Best) Stories, exploring the black experience. She has performed in productions like Pulse, and continues to explore physical theatre and acting.  

 

Set and Costume Designer

Ashraya Naidoo (b. 1998) is a South African artist, from Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. 2021, she graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, majoring in photography. She received a Sony scholarship to the Orms Cape Town School of Photography in 2022. She is currently an ambassador for Art School Africa, an NGO based in Cape Town. She enhances the story's tone through costume and set design.

 

Sound Designer:

Rendani Nemakonde (Ren onSomeCrazySh!t), originally from Johannesburg, spent his childhood in Venda and adolescence in Bethlehem. Despite discovering his drawing talent early, pursuing a creative career seemed improbable until after matriculation, when the art world unexpectedly beckoned. Embracing the mantra "opt in on some crazy sh!t," he ventured into diverse creative disciplines, from filmmaking to oil painting and music production. 

  • Venue: B2 Arena
  • Location: Monument Building
  • Ticket price: ZAR 50.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Ages: ALL AGES
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