Tuesday May 24 - Wednesday Jun 8       UJ Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park
Marking the annual celebration of Africa Day (May 25), UJ Arts Centre brings new musical theatre production Hlakanyana to the UJ stage, starring some of South Africa's most exciting young actors, set to an award-winning musical score and directed by South African theatre icon Janice Honeyman.

A contemporary retelling of the traditional Zulu folktale, ‘Hlakanyana’ is an Afrofuturistic fusion of traditional folklore and the contemporary challenges of present-day South Africa. In traditional folk tales the character Hlakanyana is a trickster, an anti-hero who uses his exceptional cunning to get forward in the world, often at the expense of others. Depicted in animal or human form, Hlakanyana is the long-awaited son of the chief of a village, but instead of being a uniting force, he leaves devastation in his wake.

In this stirring new musical telling of the folktale, we find Hlakanyana beset by isolation and forging a path alone through a rapidly changing world. Through the medium of folklore, the play explores burning contemporary issues affecting South Africa today such as gender-based violence, corruption, uncertainty, a lack of leadership and moral guidance, generational trauma and a growing dissatisfaction with the status quo. 

Please note: The University of Johannesburg is a mandatory vaccination site. Proof of vaccination and ID is essential to gain entry onto the premises. 




May 24 2022 - Jun 8 2022
UJ Arts Centre Theatre
UJ Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park

Price/Additional Info

Tickets R180

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