TOO LATE by Gibson Kente.

Directed by Makhaola Ndebele

Designed by Sarah Roberts

Choreographed by Yusuf Thomas

Musical Direction by:  Nhlanhla Ngwenya, Themba Maseko, Marten Van Wyk

From 6-10 March 2019, the Joburg Theatre and the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein will be home to NSA’s Festival of the Arts.

Gibson Kente’s Too Late headlines a compelling programme of theatre, dance and visual arts. Directed by Makhaola Ndebele with designs by Sarah Roberts and featuring a live NSA band, the dramatic, at times humorous Too Late opens a heart-breaking window onto mid-70’s South Africa Soweto. “It is a significant choice for 2019 as South Africa reflects on 25 years of democracy and the NSA marks 50 years of being at the forefront of specialist arts education,” said Gary Natali, Principal of South Africa’s leading school of specialisation in performing and creative arts – the NSA. “The learners are dedicated to the task at hand. They are inspiring and inspired, and I know that their talent and commitment will move the audiences,” he concluded.


TOO LATE is a dramatic, humorous, heart-breaking snapshot of mid-70’s South Africa / Soweto; a reflection and a reminder of a distant and painful past. This is the era of apartheid police brutality, pass laws, shattered dreams and on-going tragedy and loss.  The protagonist is a young man called Saduva.  In characteristic Kente style it is the human interest story and the indestructible power of the community that shines through the work.  Considered to be prophetic at the time the work remains hauntingly relevant for today’s audience. With evocative music, played by a live band on stage, insightful performances, laughter and tears, TOO LATE is staged as a flagship of the National School of the Art’s Festival of the Arts and helps mark 50-years of being at the forefront of specialist arts education.

TOO LATE is presented by arrangement with DALRO (Pty) Ltd.

The National School of the Arts acknowledges the support of the National Lotteries Commission, the RMB Fund, the National Arts Council, and Business Arts South Africa.

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