The Comrade
Theatre / Dicks

It's been two weeks since Patrick “THE COMRADE”, an iconic freedom fighter from the small town of Dinokaneng passed on, but there is no burial in place yet. Two friends take it upon themselves to raise funds for his burial, and on their journey they unravel mysteries, secrets, enemies and close friends who have been instrumental in his death.


The two ask questions which lead them to answers surrounding a love story they are not prepared to uncover. 


Told through the eyes of Smiley using clicks, sounds, mime, songs and dance, the piece comes alive as pictures are painted to take you on a journey of an ordinary struggle hero found in each and every community in South Africa. 


The Comrade is a monologue told on an empty stage with no set as the character delves in and transforms into seven other completely different characters who have been part of Patrick “THE COMRADE Ngubo’s” journey.


Set in the apartheid era, The Comrade is the emotional journey of an unknown struggle legend who lived in a remote township in South Africa, told predominantly in English and four other official languages. 


“This you must have come across especially if you were old enough to make sense of the kind of atmosphere that characterised the 80’s and the 90’s and apartheid machinery was in full swing”…Edward Tsumele, Sowetan.


“Struggle is just beginning for SA’s forgotten heroes”- Latoya Newman.- IOL

Production Credits

Errol Ndotho: Director and Stage Manager

Tshepiso Tjeeko: Writer and Actor.

Ivy Tjeeko: Assistant Stage manager

Tladi Mabuya: Music Composer

About the Artists

Errol Ndotho: Director

Errol performed in “Woza Albert”, starring alongside Percy Mtwa and directed by Sello Maake Ka Ncube in 2001. The play toured to the USA, England and Germany. Other theatre works include but are not limited to "Cold Stone Jug” directed by Mncedisi Shabangu, “Where The Soul Resides” directed by Martin Kobokae, and “Best Wedding Ever” by Bruce Koch. He’s been involved in drama skills development programmes ín and around the country.


Tshepiso Tjeeko: Writer and Actor

Tshepiso studied performing arts at the Market Theatre Laboratory in 2008 on a part-time basis. He has a proven track record of writing mostly for community theatre groups where two of his works have won the GOMACC Regional Director’s Festival in 2011 and 2013. He’s currently a Managing Director at Bakubung Arts Projects and some of his projects are:

Writer and director - Namahadi The Movie (short film).
Writer and director - Abort This Freedom (Youtube Film)
Writer and Director - Madingwana- ETV documentary
Writer and Director - The Dialogue- ETV documentary
Project Manager - QwaQwa Outdoor Cinema, NFVF Funded
Festival manager - Tshwantshiso Schools Film Festival, NFVF Funded
Project Manager - Dikalaneng Skills Development Theatre festival, NAC funded.         Festival manager - Tshwantshiso Outdoor Cinema, GFC Funded

  • Venue: Dicks
  • Location: Monument Building
  • Ticket price: R55.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 55 mins
June 27, 2024 12:00 - 12:55
June 28, 2024 18:30 - 19:25
June 29, 2024 14:00 - 14:55