Immerse yourself in idyllic rural African village life. Experience the majesty of the surrounding forest and rivers and meet an array of glorious creatures and characters living in harmony with each other. But when a stranger arrives from a faraway land, bringing with him change and new ideas, it threatens the villagers’ way of life and tests the strength of family, their loyalty to each other and their heritage. Seeing the effects of the stranger’s arrival on her village, a young girl is faced with a difficult decision. Will she find her voice and use it to stand up for what she believes in?

Using engaging physical theatre, original comic book style, mesmerising song and powerful storytelling, ‘Listen’ is a show about empowering the youth and encouraging them to listen to their hearts, pay attention to the world around them and use the power of their own voice to stand up for what they believe is right, honourable and for the betterment of society. Set against the backdrop of Southern African colonialism this multi layered story is hugely engaging and entertaining.

Written and Directed by Nhnlanhla Mkhwanazi, featuring Amanda Valela, Stuart Palmer, Mncedisi Ncedani and Sisipho Gxagxa, this textless play has been created with the intention of being accessible to all regardless of language or cultural differences. It carries a powerful message for people of all ages.

This project is made possible by the support of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

Photographs by Anja Wiehl Photography.