UK Arts International

UK Arts International in association with the South African State Theatre present

Township Stories

2015 Onwards

Creator: Lion's Den
Written by: Paul Grootboom and Presley Chweneyagae
Directed by: Paul Grootboom

Middle to large scale

A schoolgirl runs away from home….
A father brutalizes his son…
The schoolgirl becomes pregnant and is abused by her hoodlum lover….
The father has secret affairs with a mother and her daughter….

And, on the edges of this misery, a serial killer is on the loose…

Township Stories tells the intertwining and often shocking stories of life in post-apartheid South Africa.  The play paints a picture of a never-ending day-to-day struggle in South Africa’s Townships. But Township Stories is essentially about the moral breakdown of a community – it could happen anywhere.

Like a film, the action rapidly cuts from one scene to another, while running underneath the storyline is music by Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Tracy Chapman and Louis Armstrong, as well as a number of contemporary Kwaito tracks.

"Stunning...frantic...I urge you to see it."  **** Evening Standard

"One of the most remarkable pieces of theatre to emerge from post-apartheid South Africa...extraordinary...compelling." **** The Guardian

"Magnificent."  - The Stage

Winner - Herald Angel Award, Edinburgh Festival 2006

Nominee - Manchester Evening News Award, Best Visiting Production 2006

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