A down-and-out musician, living in a Soweto shack, has his spirit rekindled by the infectious optimism of his adoring young nephew from the country, who encourages him to pursue the singer of his band, his long-lost love. Human actors perform uncle and nephew while puppets of varying sizes form the other characters: gossiping neighbours in windows, Soweto street life, alley cats and life-size shebeen queens.

Creative Team

Producers: Handspring Puppet Company with The Market Theatre, the London International Festival of Theatre (in association with Arts Admin), the Chicago International Theatre Festival and the Tricycle Theatre.
Created and directed by: Barney Simon
Puppets and design: Handspring Puppet Company
Musical director: Duze Mahlobo
Lighting design: Mannie Manim


Arthur Molepo, Doreen Mazibuko, Busi Zokufa, Fats Dibeko, Adrian Kohler, Basil Jones


1990 The Market Theatre

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