Theatre / B2 Arena

Yangthola! explores the devastating effects of the capitalist system on every hardworking black human. 


Poignant and captivating, the show is set in the heart of South Africa, and tells the remarkable tale of a street dweller and recycler. Amidst the gritty urban landscape, the actor transforms discarded treasures into captivating works of art, skillfully merging puppetry with storytelling. 


This one-person show ingeniously crafts a mesmerising world where discarded items come to life in the hands of the protagonist, breathing new meaning into the overlooked fragments of society. Beyond the performance, Yangthola! serves as a powerful social commentary, shedding light on the harsh realities of South Africa's unforgiving capitalist system, reminding us all to see the beauty in the overlooked and the resilience in the marginalised

Production Credits

Director: Mongezi Ntukwana

Performer: Alex Sono

About the Artists

Mongezi Ntukwana is a Wits University, Honours graduate in Theatre and Performance majoring in Performance and Cultural Policy Management.


In 2011 he enrolled at the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, thus growing his love for theatre. In 2018 he participated in a part-time course at the Market Theatre Laboratory in Newtown under the guidance of Monageng “Vice” Motshabi. In early 2019 he performed in two productions at the Orientation Week Festival at Wits University. He performed in a play called Vuka Machel written by Mncedisi Shabangu and directed by Awande Dube. The second play was titled Two Fingers at Work written and Directed by Kamo Theledi.


From the 22nd to the 26th of May 2019 he performed in a musical titled “uNosilimela” originally written by the legendary Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa. The adaptation was directed by the fearsome Wits Theatre duo of Kgafela Oa Magogodi and Prince Lamla. Mongezi Ntukwana has represented the Wits Theatre quite profoundly as in July 2019 he performed in a production titled “Two Can Play” at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda under the banner of the Wits Theatre and Performance department. He has written two plays namely “Asambe Ke” and “Yangthola”. “Asambe Ke” was showcased at the Orientation Week Festival at Wits University in January 2020. “Yangthola” was chosen to be used as exam material for first year students at the Market Theatre Laboratory in November 2019. Mongezi was also casted as a lead actor for an SABC2 advert titled “When Summer Calls” which aired from December 2019 until February 2020. In his first semester of 2019 he did a traineeship at the Wits Origins Centre where he learnt many skills such as being a tour guide and teaching young children about archaeology. In his second semester of 2019 he completed his traineeship at the Wits Art Museum where he participated in various activities such as compiling a report back for funding bodies, being part of student staff for an exhibition and helping curate an exhibition. In 2022 he joined “KwaSha! Theatre Company”, a youth theatre company operating under the wing of the prestigious Market Theatre. Two productions produced by the company were nominated for the Naledi Theatre Awards. In the beginning of 2023 he signed to Canvas CAM, a casting agency he is currently represented by.

  • Venue: B2 Arena
  • Location: Monument Building
  • Ticket price: ZAR 80.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 60 mins
    • Strong Language

There are no performances for this show.