Ingcwaba lendoda lise cankwe ndlela (The grave of the man is next to the road), a moving and powerful play directed by Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award winner Mandla Mbothwe, will be at Artscape from 10 to 21 February 2010. Told in isiXhosa with English subtitles this production explores economic migration and its impact, using traditional story-telling, rituals, song, physical theatre and multi-media.

With the N2 highway as a constant backdrop, stories are woven together in rituals of departure and arrival and the spaces in between. It explores the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual movement of black South Africans, specifically those whose origins lie in the Eastern Cape. The performers include Faniswa Yisa and the Magnet Theatre Educational Trust trainees.

Ingcwaba lendoda lise cankwe ndlela, an isiXhosa phrase meaning ‘the grave of the man is next to the road’, has received critical acclaim and was initially performed as part of Infecting the City, followed by the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, and performances and workshops in King Williams Town and Port Elizabeth.

Ingcwaba lendoda lise cankwe ndlela has been made possible thanks to funding from the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), the National Lottery, National Arts Council and ProHelvetia.

Tickets (price R50 per adult or R35 for students and pensioners) are available through Computicket or Artscape Dial A Seat on (021) 421 7695

Start: 10 Feb ’10

End: 21 Feb ’10

Cost: R35-R50


Organizer: Magnet Theatre


Venue: Artscape Theatre 

Phone: +27 410 9800 

Address: DF Malan Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa