Theatre / Princess Alice

Ntakana uses the visual metaphor of the bird to explore the Greek myth of Philomela. In the production, Ntaka, created in the likeness of Philomela, embodies a young woman struggling to take flight amidst personal turmoil and chaos. Her quest for flight becomes an all-consuming obsession, resulting in her selective mutism. In the silence, Ntaka’s physical form becomes the canvas for her innermost desires, mirroring the grace and freedom of the bird as she seeks to transcend her tumultuous reality.

Production Credits

Director: Thembela Madliki

Cast: Siphosethu Balakisi, Noluvuyo Magagula, Christelle Futshane, Teresa Willoughby

Stage manager: Seneliso Mchunu

Set design: Angelinah Maponya

Costume design: Shiba Sopotela

Poster design: Evaan Jason Ferreira

Photography: Njongo Samente

About the Artists

Thembela Madliki is an award-winning theatre-maker who has staged several works at the National Arts Festival including Nyanga (2016), Bayephi (2017), Well Worn Theatre Company’s Galela (2018), Where She Walked (2019) on the Arena programme and Phinda Ubuyele (2022) on the Fringe. This year she returns to the Fringe Festival with Ntakana, a new work created in collaboration with the cast.

  • Venue: Princess Alice
  • Location: Princess Alice Hall
  • Ticket price: ZAR 70.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Ages: 14+
Princess Alice
June 26, 2024 18:00 - 18:50
Princess Alice
June 27, 2024 16:00 - 16:50
Princess Alice
June 28, 2024 18:00 - 18:50
Princess Alice
June 29, 2024 10:00 - 10:50