The 2022 Zwakala Festival winners, Thabo Ramaine and Lonwabo Bhele, bring their thought-shifting production of Blacksmith to The Market Theatre, in perfect synchrony with the spirit of Heritage Month.

This theatrical experience combines mask work with the mesmerizing harmonies of a live musician, weaving the threads of ancestral resonance and awakening the legacy of our heritage.

The name ‘Blacksmith’ is a historical concept from the original meaning that describes the one who crafts weapons and sharpens metal with fire. The title of the play is the metaphor that describes the one who sharpens the mind and creates weapons of consciousness.

The communion between fire and metal becomes the key significance of the communion between African stories and the minds that conceive them.

Under the direction of Lonwabo Bhele and rooted in the urgent need to address mental slavery among Africans, Blacksmith employs inventive mask work and a live musician to bring its powerful narrative to life.

When the lights come up, a man of profound significance takes center stage, entrusted with the sacred duty of preserving a heritage born from the crucible of struggle, taking the audimece on a voyage that delves into the depths of African History’s untold truths.

Date: 23 September - 8 October

Time: 7pm

Price: R100-R200

Venue address: Mannie Manim, Market Theatre,56 Margaret Mcingana St, Newtown, Johannesburg,

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Wheelchair accessibility: Yes


Tel: +27 11 832 1641