Zabalaza explores impacts of decisions

Thobani Nzuza and Nhlanhla Zondi in Boy Ntulikazi.

The Baxter’s Best of Zabalaza 2017 winner, the one-hander Boy Ntulikazi, from KwaZulu-Natal, will be staged until Saturday May 13, in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, at 8pm nightly, with matinees on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Written by Thobani Nzuza and Kagiso Tsimakwane, the drama examines the far-reaching implications of decisions taken by individuals and the possible devastating impact those decisions can have on future generations.

Nzuza’s performance is enhanced by the accompaniment of live music created by Nhlanhla Zondi.

Original direction is by Kagiso Tsimakwane, but recently Nzuza has directed himself in the production.

Ubuntu and care for the well-being of future generations are at the heart of this poignant story where the indiscretions and difficult decisions of parents are pivotal themes in a young man’s journey to find his biological mother.

“I am really very happy that my work will be seen by a new and different audience,” says Nzuza.

“My main aim of coming to the Zabalaza Theatre Festival was to share my story and to learn from others, not expecting to win two awards.

“I also never really thought that at this age I will be a published playwright. It’s an honour and I am thankful to the Baxter and Zabalaza. To have a full season of the play was always a dream of mine and this has now come true. What is most surprising, is this has been achieved in a different province, far away from home.”

Tickets are R85. Book through Computicket or for discounted corporate, schools or block-bookings, charities or fundraisers, contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or email