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Written by: Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom and Aubrey Sekhabi

Directed by: Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom


This production is a kind of rhetorical analysis of Thabo Mbeki's legacy through some key events during his presidency and some of his most famous speeches. The play explores Mbeki's art of persuasion (and lack of) and attempts, at the same time, to satirically represent the effect of his policies and style of governance on normal day to day citizens of the New South Africa.


The premise of the story is a "narrative presentation of Mbeki's days in high office as told intriguingly and effusively by a colourful and fictional youth leader, Dada Mokone (based on real-life firebrand ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema)".


The role of Mbeki is played by an established theatre actor, Atandwa Kani, having performed in shows such as Songs and Tales from Africa, Kapt'uit of Afrikaans, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Too Many Cooks, Museum of Modern Mistakes, The Blacks, Roses and Angels, Rivonia Trial and Private Venture. Mpela has also appeared in numerous feature films including Drum, The Lion King and Born Free 2.


Dada Mokone is played by Presley Chweneyagae, known for starring in the film Tsotsi as Tsotsi, which won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards.


Other cast members are Tsholo Monedi of Muvhango Fame, Ontiretse Manyetsa and Phumzile Gamede.


Rhetorical was commissioned by German Institution and Siemens Stiftung for the Belgian Spoken Word Festival, themed "Speeches of the World and was originally co-produced by The Market Theatre.


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