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Waiting for Nelson – South African plays

South African plays


“Sometimes, life isn’t simply black and white.”

It has been 40 years since the 1976 Soweto Uprisings. Set in post apartheid South Africa, 21 years after the first ever democratic elections, the production centres on a couple who are faced with issues directly associated with issues that have historically, that currently and will probably affect future South Africans: RACE.

This play places a magnifying glass on a topic that still dominates societal discourse in this day & age – the colour of the next person’s skin. The aura and significance of the year 1994 came with many promises – many of which haven’t been fulfilled. The ‘race issue’, however, is one that every human being is capable of contributing towards solving, through simply undergoing a change in ways of thought – we just haven’t realized this yet. Waiting for Nelson is an important production that delivers a fresh avenue to be explored in the quest of achieving the sacred idea of a ‘rainbow nation’, through planting a seed of confrontation, change and redefinition.
When the theatre confronts us with brutal situations where ‘the life mask cracks and falls away’ it can expose an ‘intimate layer’ which returns us to common human truths.

After having its debut at the Roodepoort Theatre as part of the 2014 Youth Arts Festival (where the show won best drama of the festival), it went on to be performed at The South African State Theatre as part of the annual Youth Arts Festival, on the Fringe Programme. The show then went on to be performed to a sold out audience at The Market Laboratory later that same year. It was also read at the 2015 ASSITEJ/IATA annual Youth Theatre and Dance Festival at Artscape. After being performed at the first ever East London Arts Festival and being invited to the DUT’s Courtyard Theatre in 2016 as well as being selected to be a part of the SA Shorts II: #2MINUTE NOODLES, an initiative by UJ Arts and Culture, supported by Wordfest and the National Arts Festival where a 2 minute version of the show was read at the 2017 National Arts Festival, this provocative in your face production is ready to entertain you beyond your wildest imagination! This show is not a mirror of society, but rather a hammer with which to shape it.

Read more about playwright Mbasa Tsetsana

Author: Mbsasa Tsetsana

Genre: Political drama script, South African plays

Type: Full length one act play

Number of actors: Eight, 8

Ages of the actors: Young adults 20’s-30’s

Suitable for: PG 14 – language

Set: Simple – Stage with a table and chairs

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – the energy involved in this type of play is always very high.

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Cost is $8 for this award winning  script.

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Copyright March 2014 Mbasa Tsetsana and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other topical South African and African American Plays

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The Pump Room – a post apartheid play


The Simple Hard – South African drama plays


South African Drama Plays –  In ‘The Simple Hard, ‘ Bheksisa is disowned by his Stepfather, Mike and his mother, Masi, he is told to leave the house in the middle of the night.  He is told that he has dishonoured the family name and brought shame to Mike, who is the head of his church, because he slept with his girlfriend, Thato, making her pregnant, but becoming HIV positive at the same time.  Bheksisa is told that he now has ‘dirty blood’ and to leave and to never come back.

In anger, Bheksisa confronts his girlfriend, Thato and breaks up with her, even though Thato swears that he was the only one and she has no idea how she could be HIV positive. After he has gone, she takes her own life in despair.

A heartbroken, guilt ridden Bheksisa leaves his home and drowns his sorrows in beer.  But he does not know that he has been framed and that his Stepfather, Mike has had the tests forged. Mike is blackmailing Bheksisa’s mother, Masi, to keep her quiet and to keep Bheksisa alive, because she has found out that Mike, who is the leader of his congregation is not the good person everybody thinks he is and he is dealing in human body parts and using them for Muti.

When Mike is arrested, Masi seeks Bheksisa out to try to make things right with him.

‘The Simple Hard ‘ is the first in a series of South African Drama Plays by local writers that we will be running.  The author will allow workshopping of the play. This play has been performed at the SANTCA play festival. Julius Radebe has won many awards locally, in South Africa at national play festivals for his work, including “Best Ensemble production” at the recent Franklin Players festival, 2012.

Author: Bheki Julius Radebe

Genre: South African Township drama

Type: One act play, full length

Length: Ninety minutes

Actors:  4M, 3F

Ages of actors:  2 middle aged to older middle aged, 5 in their twenties

Suitable for: PG 14

Set: Simple – can be improvised with a few chairs which change position with scene changes

Level of difficulty:  7/10 – keeping the focus of the audience in this long one act play

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Cost is $6

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Copyright August 2012 B.J. Radebe Off The Wall Plays





Bourgeois Behavior – Gay stage plays – a play about coming out of the closet – the wrong way

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Bourgeois Behavior – gay stage plays – a play about coming out of the closet – the wrong way

When Roger’s lover, Geeque, gets fed up with Roger living a double life, and juggling his marriage to his wife with his full time affair with Geeque, he ends the affair. Roger’s marriage also falls apart, leaving Roger stranded, with nobody except his best friend Lance to stand by his side. One night, in a nightclub on July 4th, it happens – Roger comes face to face with both his wife, Anita and his ex lover, Geeque at the same club….

Read more about playwright Rico Smith.

Author: Rico Smith

Genre: Drama, gay stage plays

Type: 2 (two) act play, full length stage play

Characters: 5M, 1F

Ages of actors: 20-40s

Suitable for: PG 16

Level of Difficulty: 8/10 – maintaining interest in the character’s lives

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital script

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Copyright Rico Smith Off The Wall Plays  April 2012


The Pump Room – a Drama set in Post Apartheid South Africa

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Force creates pressure and pressure creates counter- pressure. The result? A blowout.

The Pump Room is a drama about the intersection of the criminal and political worlds, the sexual and the ideological. It is a play about the South African reality of the late 1990s, but one which applies to many other societies that have experienced epochs in their history when, after a long period of oppression, a new period struggles to resolve the past and deal with fresh challenges.

The central event that drives the play is the murder of a ‘postman’ carrying drugs. Over several hours on a hot summer’s night, the consequences of this action cause a number of inter-connected people to meet in the pump room of a public swimming pool in Cape Town. These disparate characters play out the tensions and contradictions of their pasts and presents, and a complex web of relationships emerges.

It has been performed at the Windybrow Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010 and the the Theatre in the District in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2011.

Author: Allan Kolski Horwitz

Genre: Drama, Protest Theatre

Type: 5 act play

Characters: 4M, 2F

Length: 90 minutes

Suitable for: Adults (language)

Ages of actors: most in 40’s, 2 in 20’s, 1 in 30s.

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – getting the tension of protest theatre correct and maintaining it

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Cost is $6 for this digital play script

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Copyright Allan Kolski Horwitz 2009




The Devil Dances – a drama in one act

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When old men are victimized by young women, the Devil dances. The story follows the twisted sexual relationship between a doctor and a dying cancer patient. But in the end, who is using who?

Author:  Jack Moskovitz

Characters:   2 F thirties to forties, 1 M older

Type: 1,one act

Length:  48 minutes (1 act)

Genre:    Drama

Suitable for:  Adults

Difficulty:  8/10 Hard-hitting, fast paced, demanding set.

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Copyright Febuary 2012 Jack Moskovitz Off The Wall Play Publishers