Theatre legend Jefferson Tshabalala takes theatre back to the township

Kabelo Tselapedi, Jefferson Tshabalala and Karabo Mokgoro at the Kiri Goes Kasi show in Olive Tree Theatre. Photo: Nduduzo Nxumalo.

 

A well-known South African writer, director, and performer shook the stage of Olive Tree Theatre with his award-winning project called Kiri Goes Kasi on Saturday 2 September.

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Jefferson Tshabalala’s theatre play Kiri Goes Kasi portrays masters of township language through translating English into Kasi Lingo (township language). The play challenges audiences to not only be spectators of the show but also participate in the play to show their knowledge when it comes to Kasi Lingo.

Tshabalala, a founder of Kiri Pink Nob Production Company, said he has been travelling with his crew to perform in different townships across the country to showcase Kiri Goes Kasi which create a different theatre that includes township culture.

“We created this theme Kiri Goes Kasi for the township market in 2016. We’ve performed it in different townships theatres in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Johannesburg. This is because townships are where the majority of our audience live, so it is imperative that we bring this theatre show to their circuit,” said Tshabalala.

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He has urged people of Alexandra, especially the youngsters who want to be in the art industry. to attend these shows because they will get an opportunity to participate on stage with professional performers. “Our youngsters are the future directors and performers of our country. We bring theatre to their doorsteps so that they can have an opportunity to watch and learn about theatre through these shows.”

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Nduduzo Nxumalo

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