WRITTEN, DESIGNED & DIRECTED BY BRETT BAILEY
“A mind-boggling, disturbing piece of art… a true picture of African spirituality …a ritual in which the audience is not just observing but participating.”
– THE SOWETAN
“The [Grahamstown] Festival’s most coveted ticket… ”
– NEW YORK TIMES
In 1995 twelve black schoolboys were killed in a minibus crash just outside the South African town of Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal. Fifty local women were held accountable for their deaths, and a witch hunt was launched. People believed the boys had been killed to serve as zombie slaves for the witches. Several women were executed. Diviners tried in vain to resurrect the dead boys.
Based on real life events, IPI ZOMBI? explores tensions in a rural South African town just after the advent of democracy, where competing worldviews collide: African traditional beliefs, Christianity and the western legal system. It’s a world populated by witches, zombies, journalists, priests, disenfranchised youths and wide-eyed schoolgirls.
Andile Bonde, Luyanda Butana, Rhea Cakwebe, Bongani Diko, Noxolo Donyeli, Nomfundo Dubula, Vuyani Hoboshe, Silulami Lwana, Xola Mda, Thulani Mene, Lucy Nkole, Linda Tina, Boniwe Tyota, Anthony Yafele, and Abey Xakwe as Intombi ‘Nyama