A Man and a Dog
A Man and a Dog
Language: English and isiZulu
Story by: Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi
Director: Penelope Youngleson
Written by: Penelope Youngleson
Featured Artists: Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi
Age Restriction: All
Company: Here Manje
Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi was first nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for Best Performance in a One Hander for a Man and a Dog in 2007 – and in 2015 the original production was rewritten and redirected by Penelope Youngleson (2016 Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award, 2015, 2014 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Awards, 2014 Fleur du Cap for Best Young Director Award, various Fleur du Cap nominations) after which it won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival.
Mkhwanazi’s skills have been described as “… imaginative and energetic storytelling” and “it would be a sin to miss … a grippingly human story” – with most of the praise garnered for his seemingly effortless physical technique and intuitive emotional sincerity.
Written as a personal reflection for Mkhwanazi on his life growing up in KZN and his isiZulu identity, it explores a homecoming familiar to so many South Africans: who are our ancestors…and how do we know who we are until we know where we truly come from?
The play makes use of oral tradition, song, instrumentation and physical theatre to weave together a retelling of our collective family as South Africans. A rediscovery of ourselves. A remembering of what it means to be of this country.
A Man and a Dog played to sold out houses at the 2017 National Arts Festival and was (along with Undermined, another production by Here Manje) the top selling theatre show of the over 300 shows on offer at the fringe festival.
*Until now, A Man and a Dog has been co-produced by Here Manje and KB Theatre Productions.