That Night of Trance film to premiere in cinemas

That Night of Trance

The much-awaited film That Night of Trance, a spiritual drama exploring how ‘Black, Woke, Young Women’ are facing challenges of an identity crisis, will be premiering in Ster-Kinekor Theatres (SKT) cinemas on 27 August 2021. Its exhibition is part of the collaboration between the South African State Theatre (SAST) and SKT to screen theatre productions in cinema. The stage-to-screen film debuted as a stage play at Olive Three Theatre in Alexandra township (JHB) back in 2017, before showcasing at the SAST, where it was recorded in 2018.

Directed by award-winning playwright and director, and Founder of Olive Three Theatre Ntshieng Mokgoro, That Night of Trance follows a spiritually gifted young woman Pulane, whose life takes a sharp turn after an ancestral calling. She is caught between the city life and heeding the call.

The film stars Standard Bank Ovation Award winner (2015) Segametsi Gaobepe and former Rhythm City star Nomathamsanqa Ngoma. Mokgoro co-wrote with multiple award-winning theatre-maker Billy Langa. Renowned member of The Soil group, Ntsika Ngxanga composed and directed the music, whilst the talented Phuthi Teresa Mojela took care of choreography. The three creatives also appear in the film.

Mokgoro comments: “We are excited to see That Night of Trance bracing the big screens for a wider and greater audience. This story is important in that It attempts to revive the confidence of women living in harsh environments, both from rural and urban areas, and encourages them to be proud of who they are and embrace their culture and tradition.”

Mokgoro, who is recognised for her passion for independent theatre-making, uses art as an instrument to empower women and the youth. Having worked in community theatre for more than 10 years, she tasted mainstream in 1997 when she presented Africa in Russia (Moscow) as part of the festival Children of the world. Last year she was bestowed Ishashalazi Special Award by the Gauteng Dept of Sports, Arts Culture & Recreation.

That Night of Trance film will show from 27 August in SKT cinemas including Musgrave (Durban), Sterland (Pretoria), Newtown and Rosebank Nouveau (Johannesburg), Cavendish (Cape Town), and Baywest (Gqeberha). Tickets can be purchased at SKT Cinemas and online on the website

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That Night of Trance. Copyright: Sanmari Marais.
That Night of Trance. Copyright: Sanmari Marais.