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August Wilson’s ‘FENCES’ Comes To The National Theatre

The National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) continues its premier season with the gripping drama, FENCES, exploring the themes of race, family relations, and inheritances from past experiences.

FENCES, is written by prominent and award winning African-American playwright, August Wilson, and is adapted and directed by Namibia’s Nelago Shilongoh for the Namibian stage.

Set in the ‘post-apartheid’ era, this adaptation concentrates on contemporary Namibian issues and the effects of the colonial experience, particularly the contract labour system, and how it affected the black family dynamic until today.

The production sets to acknowledge a difficult history and grapple with the discussion on the cycles of transgenerational tensions, that have to progressively culminate for generations to come.

Of course, the Namibian Denzel Washington, in this context, will be David Ndjavera, whose theatre background stretches back to 1988 when he first devised and directed his own one man show, ‘The Chameleon.’


Ndjavera’s character in this adaptation, Pele, is a 53-year-old hardworking man who strives to provide for his family and how he attempts to keep them together, in the face of tensions inherited from the colonial experience.

Taking on the role of Pele’s wife, Rosalia, is the versatile Hazel Hinda.


Shilongoh, an award-winning theatre maker is assisted by Victoria Naholo- a writer, theatre maker and aspiring filmmaker.

The play’s choreography is arranged by renowned dancer and choreographer Trixie Munyama, and the dramaturgical process is facilitated by theatre practitioner Ndinomholo Ndilula.The adaptation features prominent Namibian actors including, Lucky Pieters, Blessing Mbonambi, Gift Uzera and Lee-andro Neshila.

Fences will be on stage from 09-10 August 2018, 19h00 at the NTN’s Backstage. The show includes strong content and is restricted to persons under the age of 14 years.
This is a must-see production, so hurry on, get your tickets from all Computicket outlets nationwide, at N$100 and N$60 for pensioners and students.


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