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Nongogo ()

Produced by

Market Theatre

Presented by

Canadian Stage

Director: James Ngcobo
Playwright: Athol Fugard


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


April 8th, 2015 – April 12th, 2015


Athol Fugard’s Nongogo is a reflective piece of theatre with a long history that is part of the tapestry of South Africa. Set in the 1950s, a vibrant yet turbulent time in the history of the country, it takes place in a township shebeen run by Queenie, the shebeen queen. With a beautiful hint of romance that is never fully realized, Queenie falls for Johnny, a travelling salesmen who somehow works his way past her protective shell, and coaxes her into confiding her long-buried secrets to him. (Program notes)


Desmond Dube Blackie
Hamilton Dhlamini Patrick
Nat Ramabulana Johnny
Masasa Mbangeni Queenie
Pakamisa Zwedala Sam

Creative Team

James Ngcobo Director
Athol Fugard Playwright
Nadya Cohen Set Designer
Nadya Cohen Costume Designer
Wesley France Lighting Designer


Nomalungelo Stofile Company Manager
Puleng Mabuya Stage Manager