National Arts Festival opens this week

Moagi Kai, Sivuyise Kibido and Mongezi Ntukwana - The Drowning Eye

The Market Theatre Foundation heads to Makhanda this week!

The Market Theatre Foundation is proud to be represented at the National Arts Festival this year by the Market Theatre Laboratory’s production, KAK, a tribute to Maishe Maponya which will be presented from 27 to 29 June, and KwaSha’s production of Frantz Fanon’s The Drowning Eye, accompanied by an extraordinary exhibition, Revolutionary Love. These two productions, both giving young people the platform to express themselves, celebrate a homecoming for audiences and the arts community as the National Arts Festival resumes its live format in Makhanda.

KAK has been devised by the Market Theatre Laboratory second years, under the direction of award-winning writer and director Josias Dos Moleele, in collaboration with choreographer Mdu Nhlapo. Set in a fictious world called Shashalaziville (meaning the open space), this play is a contemporary interpretation and celebration of the work of iconic playwright, poet and human rights activist, Maishe Maponya, who passed away in September 2021. It also tackles uncomfortable topics such as corruption, poor service delivery, gender inequality, racism and more. KAK is a hard-hitting satirical play, drawing from Maishe Maponya’ s last work which is an anthology of poems – Truth be told: Da’s Kak in die Land.

The Drowning Eye is a powerful play by Frantz Fanon, written in 1949. Performed in the midst of the Revolutionary Love exhibition, which seeks to explore the role of historical loves within revolutionary movements, the play is part love poem, part surrealist narrative, and part philosophical treatise. It reads as a testimony to the power and possibilities of love as an act of resistance. The contemporary reimagining of the text explores the edge between love shadows and violence. Tamara Guhrs of Flying House and Stacy Hardy join forces with KwaSha, the Market Theatre Laboratory and Windybrow Arts Centre, to present this work at a time when Fanon’s writing has new relevance for a generation of young South Africans questioning the limits and possibilities of revolution today. The Drowning Eye and The Revolutionary Love exhibition is supported by the French Institute of South Africa, Bolloré and Mazars. Support from Neubauer Collegium for Culture & Society, University of Chicago, has contributed to the curation of the research exhibition.

The Festival will be operating at 50% capacity, so shows will sell out quicker than usual. Book your seats now for KAK and The Drowning Eye on the festival’s website.

For further information, interviews and images, contact: Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or

Lusanda Zokufa
072 367 7867
The Market Theatre Foundation