In recognition of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s campaign to stamp out fraud and corruption in the City; Joburg City Theatres presents The Mother of All Eating written by Zakes Mda and directed by Makhaola Siyanda Ndebele.

Following a successful run at The Market Theatre in 2014, this two-man satire will be staged across Joburg Theatre, Soweto Theatre and Roodepoort Theatre for all government departments starting from Wednesday, 8th February 2017.

Featuring acclaimed actors in the industry, Mpho Osei-Tutu & Pusetso Thibedi, this production explores an unfortunate culture of corruption called ‘eating’. Relevant to SA’s current affairs, this culture has become synonymous with corrupt state officials who seek to enrich themselves through government deals and looting public funds.

Set in Lesotho in the 1980s; this timeless classic by Zakes Mda exposes the greed, the destructive mind-sets and the tragic effects of corruption.

“Corruption is prevalent worldwide and now more than ever, it is talked about openly and we see officials exposed on a daily basis across the globe”, says Makhaola Ndebele.

The play center’s around THE MAN (the principal secretary in government). THE MAN is corrupt to the core, and has thoroughly enriched himself within the ranks of his government. He is the main figure involved in a recent government tender deal gone wrong. The deal comes to haunt him; causing his extravagant life to come to an abrupt end.

“It is important to tell locally relevant stories that will resonate with our state, people and portray how corruption indeed hinders not only on the investment of the country’s economy but also how it effects the ordinary citizen”, concludes Ndebele.

The Mother of All Eating was first performed at Sechaba Hall, Victoria Hotel in Maseru, Lesotho in 1992. It enjoyed great popularity in Maseru, and subsequently toured in Europe. In 2010, the play was produced for a new generation at the Drama for Life SA Theatre Season Honouring the Archive: Theatre, Memory and Social Justice. The play then travelled to Botswana (Maitisong Theatre Festival) and Lesotho where it was warmly received. In 2012, it was staged at the Arts Alive International festival in Johannesburg.
Performances are free but bookings are essential starting at 14h00 and runs for 75 minutes without an interval.

Joburg Theatre – The Fringe
Tuesday – 07 Feb
Wednesday – 08 Feb
Thursday – 09 Feb
Friday – 10 Feb

Roodepoort Theatre
Tuesday – 14 Feb
Wednesday – 15 Feb
Thursday – 16 Feb
Friday – 17 Feb

Soweto Theatre
Tuesday – 21 Feb
Wednesday – 22 Feb
Thursday – 23 Feb
Friday – 24 Feb

Narrative biography of Bernett Nkwayi Mulungo (Composer/Pianist)

Bernett Nkwayi Mulungo, was born in Katlehong Township (East-Rand in Johannesburg) grew up in Rustenburg (North-West Province). After completing Matric studies, he headed back to Johannesburg to pursue music studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, of which he holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) major in Music Composition and Arranging and currently studying for his Masters of Music in Composing and Arranging for Theatre at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has collaborated with Theatre practitioners from 2008 till presents as Composer/ Performer and occasionally as an actor.
Narrative biography of Mpho Osei-Tutu (Actor)
Mpho Osei-Tutu was born in Paris to a Mosotho mother and Ghanaian father and has lived in Lesotho, France, England, Togo and Ghana. In 1992 his family settled in South Africa, where he presently works as an actor, voice artist, screenwriter, director and producer. Osei-Tutu’s love of drama began at the tender age of eight. He holds a B.A. (Hons) in Dramatic Art from Wits University, where he majored in Performance, Television and Screenwriting, and is now a familiar actor on the South African stage and screen.
Narrative biography of Pusetso Thibeli (Actor)
Pusetso Thibedi is a Director, Screenwriter, Playwright and Actor, who began his creative career in 2005. Thibedi went on to study for a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand commencing in 2006. Although largely directing focused Thibedi has had the privilege of acting for a number of directors

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