Mpume Mthombeni in Tin Bucket Drum performed at Kalk Bay Theatre

Mpume Mthombeni in Tin Bucket Drum performed at Kalk Bay Theatre

Rhythmic beats are still moving my heart and soul since I experienced Tin Bucket Drum on Friday night! Cape Town audiences, you finally have the chance to see Neil Coppen’s internationally acclaimed play performed at Kalk Bay Theatre from 14 August to 8 September. This production has returned from a highly successful tour to New York last year. Writer Neil Coppen, the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist along with director Karen Logan, actress Mpume Mthombeni and percussionist Wake Mahlobo, will move you right out of your complacency into Tin Town and back into your own heartbeat!


Pure storytelling is not always successful as a theatre piece, but the force of actress Mpume Mthombeni’s performance will definitely change your mind. This is a fresh look at storytelling using elements of Kabuki theatre, magical realism and a very strong actress. Mthombeni is ably supported by Wake Mahlobo on his many percussion instruments; including shakers, bongos, buckets, cutlery, plates and windchimes! There is even some beautiful shadow puppetry, operated by Cheri-Lee Blackie. The soundtrack and lighting were superb.


This intriguing story will teach you how to listen to your heartbeat again, hold onto your self-belief and discover what really moves your soul. Nomvula is a spirited child with a revolutionary heart born into a country with a cruel and silent dictatorship. Her forbidden rhythmic activities get her into much trouble, but with it comes a far greater redemption and freedom, not just for her, but for future generations of starved souls.

Debi Hawkins

Tin Bucket Drum will be performed at Kalk Bay Theatre Wednesday to Sunday from 14 August to 8 September at 8pm. Tickets cost R100. Tickets to the cut-price previews on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August cost R70.

On Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 August, tickets are 2 for the price of one.

Ages: PG13


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