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Makhaola Ndebele

Makhaola Ndebele


Gibson Kente

Gibson Kente


Yusuf Thomas

Yusuf Thomas


Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts


Themba Meseko

Themba Meseko

Musical Director

Nhlanhla Ngwenya

Nhlanhla Ngwenya

Musical Director



Deemed to be Kente’s finest work, Too Late, was first performed in Soweto  44 years ago in February 1975. The protagonist is an orphan, Saduwa, who comes to Soweto to live with his aunt, who runs a shebeen. Though his cousin, Ntanana, he meets a young woman named Totozi and romance blossoms. Desperate to find work in Johannesburg, Saduwa must first obtain an all-important “pass,” without which he cannot leave the township to get to his job. His attempts to do so bring a priest and then a police officer into his life, and in the end his aunt is arrested. When authorities try to arrest Saduwa as well, his cousin Ntanana, who is disabled, attempts to help, and is slain.

 TOO LATE  is a dramatic, humorous, heart-breaking snapshot of mid-70’s South Africa / Soweto; a reflection and a reminder of a distant and painful past.

 In characteristic Kente style it is the human interest story and the indestructible power of the community that shines through the work.  Considered to be prophetic at the time the work remains hauntingly relevant for today’s audience. With evocative music, played by a live band on stage, insightful performances, laughter and tears, TOO LATE is staged as a flagship of the NSA’s Festival of the Arts and helps mark 50-years of being at the forefront of specialist arts education. 

 TOO LATE is presented by arrangement with DALRO (Pty) Ltd.

TOO LATE by Gibson Kente.

Director – Makhaola Ndebele

Designed – Sarah Roberts

Choreographed – Yusuf Thomas

Musical Direction by:  Nhlanhla Ngwenya, Themba Maseko, Marten Van Wyk

Poster Design – Katlego Diseko

Original Painting for Poster – Zanele Mashinini

Lighting Design – Stan Knight

Stage Manager – Leigh-Anne Nanguia

Production Manager – Boitumelo Magolekgo

Puseletso Modiakgota – Production Assistant

Tshegofato tube  Admin Assistant

Ntokozo Mlaba – Directing Mentee


SADUVA – Sphokuhle Luthuli

NTANANA – Vuyelwa Phota

MADINTO – Luyanda Nkabinde

DOCTOR PHUZA – Lesedi Masheane

OFFSIDE – Unathi Koko

PELEPELE – Matthew Markhams


TOTOZI – Kay-Leigh Phiri

MFUNDISI – Nkosikhona Mnisi

MFUNDISI’S WIFE – Nande Galadla

MATRIC​​ – MAJITA – Tshireletso Madumo

SGUQA​​ – MAJITA – Anita Matwa

DIZA – MAJITA – Nhlakanipho Mkongi

MAJITA – Luthando Plaatjie

SHUNQU – Oratile Morotolo

SHUNQU’S CREW – Thomas Oats, Thato Mosotho, Siyabonga Mthethwa

SMOMO – Ntokozo Manyoni

TSOTSIS / BLACK JACKS – Takatso Morapedi, Mthokozisi  Moyo, Matsibela Sithole

PRISON WARDER – Keanu Sousa Mendes, Oratile Morotolo

POLICEMAN – Joy Mofokeng

SCHOOL GIRLS – Masego Matiko, Simanyeni  Taleni, Andile Mahlangu, Maita Mazhandu, Zinhle Thanjewayo, Thato Mosotho

SCHOOL BOY – Khaya Dlamini

CHURCH LADIES – Simanyeni Taleni, Maita Mazhandu, Neo Matela, Talifhani  Ncube, Gugu  Mabiya, Ntokozo Manyoni

OFFICE GIRLS – Joy Mofokeng, Neo Matela, Jennifer Thoahlane, Ziyanda  Damoyi

PRISONERS – Unathi Koko, Tshireletso Madumo, Anita Matwa, Nhlakanipho Mkongi, Luthando Plaatjie, Neo Matela, Lesedi Kwapeng,  Masego Matiko

VENDORS – Hlayiseka Mashaba, Talifhani Ncube, Kaylin Peterson, Nonophile Mfusi, Luyanda Nkabinde,  Lesedi Kwapeng, Olerato Motsoane, Gugu Mabiya

NARRATOR – Masego Matiko

BAND – Elijah Mokwena, Ayanda Bixa, Daniel Isaacs, Themba Ngubeni, Lesedi Phage, Seth-Lynn  Strachan, Thando Hlabangane, Karabo Seemise, Shadi Nalubega, Kagiso Ramosa, Katlego Mathebula


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Performance Times

Fri 8th March 19h30 – Gala Opening

Double Bill – Bridges & Arches / Too Late

Sat 9th March 17h00 – 18h30

Sun 10th March 15h00 & 18h00 (on-hold)

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