Story-telling and magical realism

2016-09-06 06:00
Bongile Mantsai and Chuma Sopotela in Karoo Moose.

Bongile Mantsai and Chuma Sopotela in Karoo Moose.

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Nearly a decade since its premiere and 15 top South African awards later, Lara Foot’s Karoo Moose returns to the stage with the original cast, who reprise their respective roles, having earned respect and acclaim in their own right over the years.

Following its success at the National Arts Festival recently, the multi-award-winning production will be at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio until Saturday 24 September.

Acclaimed playwright, director and producer, Foot was named the 2016 Featured Artist at the 43rd National Arts Festival this year, leading the charge on the main programme, 80% of which was made up of work written, directed, curated or headlined by women. The story of Karoo Moose is brought to life by Zoleka Helesi, Mdu Kweyama, Bongile Mantsai, Thami Mbongo, Chuma Sopotela and Mfundo Tshazibane.

Among its impressive list of accolades, the production received the 2007 Aardvark Award for the Most Innovative Work, the 2008 Fleur du Cap Awards for Best Director and Best New Indigenous Production and the 2009 Naledi Awards for Best New South African Play, Best Production of a Straight Play and Best Director of a Play or Musical, as well as the 2010 Standard Bank Ovation Silver Award for theatre at the National Arts Festival.

Performed in English with isiXhosa, the story takes place in a remote and impoverished village in the Karoo, where the inhabitants are struggling to survive. A young girl called Thozama ends up killing a moose. But what is the moose doing there, and how did it get there?

Tickets for Karoo Moose, which carries an age restriction of 13, are available at Computicket. For corporate, block or school bookings, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993, or email

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