Theatre / Glennie Hall

Mehlala. A journey weaving together the rich tapestries of personal family legacies and community narratives, offering a captivating glimpse into the heart of South Africa's complex history.

Through the innovative fusion of documentary and verbatim theatre techniques, we invite you to explore the triumphs and tribulations that have shaped our nation's past.

Directed by Standard Bank Young Artist award winner for 2023 Billy Langa, and performed by students of the Market Theatre Laboratory, Mehlala promises an engaging blend of storytelling, music, and choreography, ensuring an unforgettable experience that celebrates our heritage while illuminating the path to our collective future.



Production Credits

Director: Billy Langa

Assistant Director: Lucky Gxubane

Assistant Movement/Choreographer: Andile Mgeyi

Dramaturge: Roberto Pombo

Research Facilitator: Cherae Halley

Sound and Lights: Sibusiso Ndumdum

Stage Managers: Kgothatso Selepe and Gofaone Bodigelo

Costume: Mashoto Makgalemele and Sonia Vicky Mayor

Set/Design: Langalibalele Mathuthu and Nolwazi Qwabe


Andile Mgeyi

Brooklyn Lottering

Gofaone Bodigelo

Kgothatso Selepe

Langalibalele Mathuthu

Mashoto Makgalemele

Nolwazi Qwabe

Rethabile Matang Chikasha

Sechaba Makhoti

Nomvelo Xaba

Sonia Mayor

Thabile Shazi

Yangintsikelelo Klaas

About the Artists

The Market Theatre Laboratory trains actors and theatre makers. Founded by Barney Simon and Dr John Kani in 1988, it is the educational arm of the world famous Market Theatre, and has developed into one of the premiere training facilities of its kind in Southern Africa. It has trained exceptional performers and theatre-makers including Olive Schreiner Award winner Phillip Dikotla; five Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year winners, Billy Langa and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana (2023), Monageng Motshabi (2016), Prince Lamla (2013), and Mncedisi Shabangu (2014); and SAFTA award winners Harriet Manamela, Warren Masemola and Lindiwe Ndlovu. In addition, the Lab has been recognised on multiple platforms for creating excellent theatre that engages with human rights issues.

Deeply embedded in the ethos of the Laboratory is its commitment to providing opportunities to talented youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to pursue their passion for the arts.

  • Venue: Glennie Hall
  • Location: Victoria Primary School
  • Ticket price: R100.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 70mins
  • Ages: 12+
    • Suitable for All Ages
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