- Title: Boy Ntulikazi
- Playwright/s: Thobani Nzuzu & Kagiso Tshimakwane
- Publisher: Junkets
- Country of Origin: South Africa
- Publication Year: 2018
- ISBN: 9780994690296
- Bib. Info: Paperback; 60pp
The play is the 2017 Winner of the Zabalaza Theatre Festival, held at the Baxter Theatre Centre.
- This is the first winner to come from KwaZulu-Natal.
- This is the sixth playscript published in the BaxterJunkets series, in collaboration with the Baxter Theatre Centre.
- The play has had a successful season at the Golden Arrow Studio at the Baxter Theatre Centre.
- It belongs in all public libraries, and in high school and university libraries.
What the play is about
Boy Ntulikazi is an account of a young man trying to trace his parentage and ancestry. Brought up on a farm, he has grown up with the idea that the white farmer Baas Pieter is his father. He embarks on a quest to find out his true parentage – with some disconcerting discoveries along the way. It is, unhappily, a very South African story.
Thobani Nzuza was born in uMlazi Township in KwaZulu-Natal, He began his journey in the arts (2010) in a community arts centre (under Buhle ‘Bo’ Mlazi, dancer, singer and actor), before he enrolled at Durban University of Technology, Drama and Production Studies 2013. Besides numerous DUT productions, Nzuza has participated in a number of professional productions. He has also pushed himself on other fronts – writing plays, performing at K-CAP, directing and becoming involved in film. His first professional production, Silencing the Hurricanes by Themi Venturas, was performed in Bangkok in 2014. He also wrote and directed Shintsha Guluva for Isigcawu Festival in 2014 and received Best Director Award. In 2015 he performed in one of Menzi Mkhwane’s plays, Secret Valley of the Great Kings, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the Durban Mercury Theatre Awards. In the same year he also collaborated with Kagisho Tshimakwane in writing his first one-man show, Boy Ntulikazi, which he performed, receiving Best Actor Award at the Isigcawu Festival in 2015. In 2016 Thobani Nzuza was one of the students who represented Africa in the Shakespeare Festival in Germany (Folkwang Universität der Künste), in Much Ado about Nothing, directed by Debbie Lutge.