The award-winning KiDDING returns to The Market Theatre Laboratory.

After a successful run at this year’s National Art Festival, The Market Theatre Lab student production KiDDING, directed by Thabang Chauke, returns for a season at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre for a limited run from 30 November – 03 December 2023.

The award-winning KiDDING is a captivating and innovative play that offers a fresh take on the challenges and complexities of growing up in modern South Africa. Set against the backdrop of high school, the play delves into the unspoken traumas and guilt that teenagers face in the era of social media. It is no wonder that the production received an invitation to perform at the ASSITEJ Cradle of Creativity in August, where youth flooded into the theatre feeling heard and seen, and where the production received the Young Critics Award for “Most Energetic Cast”.

Through a dynamic blend of dance, music, and text, the recently graduated 2nd-year students of the Market Theatre Lab, mentored by Stella Dlangalala, bring to life the hidden stories of young people struggling to navigate the pressures of school, friendship, and the digital world. With a keen eye for detail and a profound understanding of the issues facing today’s youth, KiDDING offers a raw and honest portrayal of adolescence that is not to be missed.

With the accolades of a 2023 Standard Bank Ovation Award, this all-new devised script paired with an ensemble cast of talented young actors, is a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary theatre and the stories that shape our world.

Show times are 30 November at 11:00, and 01 – 03 December at 14:00.

Tickets are only R100 on Webtickets, or for discounts and block bookings contact Anthony Ezeoke 083 246 4950 for that special ticket price of only R80.

Directed by: Thabang Chauke

Assistant director: Mzwandile Mphiti

Mentored by: Stella Dlangalala


About the Market Theatre Lab:

Homed under the umbrella of The Market Theatre Foundation, The Market Theatre Lab is a multi-award-winning arts incubator, with a reputation for facilitating the development of exceptional young theatre-makers, facilitators, actors, writers and directors, and for creating innovative and relevant new plays. With multiple local, African and global partners, the Lab strives to create enriching experiences that contribute to the personal and artistic growth of each person who participates in our programmes. When the Market Theatre Laboratory opened its doors in 1989, the intention of its founders, Vanessa Cooke; Dr John Kani and Barney Simon, was to provide opportunities to talented youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to pursue their passion for the arts or study further. This remains an integral part of The Lab’s purpose, along with a determination to assist young artists to build sustainable careers, and to create space and visibility for subaltern experiences, voices and identities.

Lusanda Zokufa
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