- Title: Tswalo
- Author: Billy Langa
- Publisher: Junkets
- Country of Origin: South Africa
- Publication Year: 2018
- ISBN: 9780994690289
- Bib. Info: Paperback; 50pp
- The play is No. 3 in The Time Sequence of playscripts.
- Young playwrights project into a South African future that not everyone will want to know about!
- This play is a meditation on time throughout existence.
- The play has had several highly successful seasons at various theatre venues in Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as at the 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. It has also toured to Germany.
- It belongs in all public libraries, and in high school and university libraries.
- What the play is about
- Tswalo is series of poems that explore time, history, memory, existence – all inside the framework of intense concentrated physical performance. The mythic and mystical exist side by side with sharply observed reality.
The Playwright & Director
Billy Langa is a performer, writer, director and educator; and a Naledi Theatre Award winner for Best Production for Young Audiences for Just Antigone. As a performer he was seen in, among others: Little Foot; Thirst; Ubuntu-Spirit (UK & SA); Contacting the World 2010, Manchester; Passages directed By Robert Haxton (NAF); PoetOtype; Egoli; and Ankobia. In addition, he has been seen in Sex and Me by Clara Vaughan and directed by Craig Morris; and Short Stories Alive directed by Neil Coppen, produced by ShakeXperience. Billy was one of the twelve writers who were chosen by the Royal Court Theatre for the staged readings of the New Plays from South Africa: After 20 Years of Democracy. Directing: Just Antigone; Sophiatown; Everyman; Finding Melo and The Good Person of Szechwan.
Mahlatsi Mokgonyana is a director, actor and facilitator: recipient of the TAAC emerging theatre director’s bursary; Naledi Theatre Award winner for Best Production for Young Audiences, supported by Assitej SA, for Just Antigone, and BroadwayworldZA Nominee for best revival of a play, for his direction of Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa!; The Good Person of Szechwan; The Hungry Earth; I See You, an, in addition, he collaborated with Christian Bloem from Holland and created SHH!, a play for young audiences; and went on to direct two new plays for teens, Complexion and Finding Melo. As a performer he was seen in: Egoli; Sex and Me; DET Boys’ High; and Ketekang: the musical.