Cattle Drive

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2017 Standard Bank Ovation Award winner

The great cattle drives through the bush of Botswana were a coming of age for young men. Pushing herds of half-wild cattle to the markets in the south. This production created by Nicholas and Luke Ellenbogen, starring multi award-winning actor Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi with Motheo Madisa and Tafara Nyatsanza.

Be entertained by masters – Theatre for Africa has long been the top theatre company in this genre of movement, dance and storytelling.

What the critics say

Cattle Drive has played to critical acclaim in Cape Town and was nominated for three 2017 Fleur du Cap awards (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Soundscape)

“Captivating piece of physical theatre” – Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus 

“This is a delightful piece of theatre, gentle and unassuming” – Tracey Saunders, Cape Times

About Theatre For Africa

Theatre for Africa was founded by Elizabeth and Nicholas Ellenbogen in September 1989. Their aim has been to research, create and perform works of Africa at a top international level. They have developed and trained more than 100 actors from Cairo to Cape Town, creating truly useful rural theatre groups that have been able to service the needs of NGOs and governments.

Theatre for Africa was a groundbreaking company, the first multiracial company in South Africa in 1989. Nicholas Ellenbogen initiated a new genre of theatre in the 80s: physical theatre where actors became the essence of animals, using only their bodies. Plays like Horn of Sorrow, Kwamanzi and Guardians of Eden toured the world to standing ovations.

Nicholas Ellenbogen is South Africa’s most prolific playwright, having written more than 160 plays that have all been produced; but essentially he is a man of Africa, happiest working under shady trees with forgotten communities.




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