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The House Of Truth

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When was the last time you went to the theatre? Reconnect with the arts at the Soweto Theatre this month.

What Is It?

The House Of Truth is a bio-play written by Siphiwo Mahala. Performed by a local favourite, Sello Maake kaNcube, and directed by the highly acclaimed Vanessa Cooke, it promises to be a memorable experience. Based on the story of a South African writer, Can Themba, it has received great reviews from the 2016 National Arts Festival. So bring your friends. It's time to get your culture on!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 10 May and Sunday, 21 May 2017; Tue to Sat 08:15, Sun 15:15

Where Is It?

The Soweto Theatre, corner Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto.

How Much Is It?

R120 per person. Tickets can be bought at

For More Information

For more information, visit the Soweto Theatre website.


One comment on “The House Of Truth”

    Sello Maake kaNcube is an outstanding thespian, and it’s a real delight to see him on stage again instead of on the small screen.
    In Siphiwo Mahala’s House of Truth, currently playing at the Market Theatre, kaNcube’s portrayal of writer Can Themba is finely nuanced. Veering from melancholia at the apartheid administration’s non-recognition of his teaching diploma, to wryly comic recitation of Shakespearean sonnets at the behest of Sophiatown tsotsis, and interspersed with vignettes of Mandela and Sisulu attempting to recruit him into the ANC, the multi-faceted personality of one of South Africa’s literary greats is revealed.
    In the House of Truth – the name he whimsically bestowed on his one-roomed dwelling in 1950s Sophiatown, proposing that it would become a salon for debate and free thought - we meet the jaded Drum magazine journalist, the romantic poet, the cultural philosopher and the politically fevered writer.
    Though the themes may be familiar to those who lived under apartheid, and much of the script is derived from Can Themba’s own work, it is a thought-provoking and reflective piece of theatre that has resonance today, given the enduring apartheid legacies in our education system and media environment, to highlight just two examples. For the born-frees and others who’re unfamiliar with apartheid’s structural violence, there are real and valuable learnings here that go beyond the oppressive laws and overt violence that history texts convey. This play reminds us how petty discriminations, in the form of pervasive and myriad ‘banal nuisances’, stymied any attempt at progress on the part of Black people.
    As a society which sometimes appears to have lost its moral compass, we would certainly benefit from more ‘houses of truth’ - with frank and robust discussion about the scars that blister our collective psyche as a result of the political compromises that were made in the 1990s.
    There were times during the performance, however, when I felt that it could have been made livelier and more accessible with some judicious paring of both script and running time. As any good teacher or writer knows (and Can Themba was a master of both crafts), too much information can actually be self-defeating.
    On balance, though, kaNcube’s brilliance saves the day, and the standing ovation he received was well-deserved. The simple yet effective set and the toe-tapping musical choices also went some way to alleviating the avalanche of words. House of Truth plays at the Market Theatre Complex until 29 January 2017.

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