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Last updated: 14 july, 2009 - 14:30 GMT

Home Sweet Soweto Home by Julia Childs (UK)

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Grace Mathebula dreams of winning the Miss Soweto Beauty Pageant.

Her brother Excellent longs to scoop the lottery jackpot and their grandmother Ma Betty, prays she will one day meet Mandela.

Chasing dreams, fame and fortune helps the Mathebula's cope with the daily grind. But life is about to unexpectedly change for this South African township family.

Moving in next-door is the first ever white woman to live in the neighbourhood. As the new arrival settles into township life with her fiancée Mr Khumalo, tensions, tears, admiration and anger erupt and unfold.

Will the Mathebula’s embrace their new neighbour and how will Soweto react when she secretly enters the annual beauty pageant?

One thing is certain… the Mathebula’s and their Soweto street will never be the same again.

Directed by Jenny Horrocks


The cast

Samson Khumalo who plays Chief

Samson Khumalo plays the part of Chief

Nqaba Thela plays the part of Excellent

Nqaba Thela plays the part of Excellent

Ashleigh Harvey plays the part of Cindy

Ashleigh Harvey plays the part of Cindy

John Lata plays the part of Mr. Khumalo

John Lata plays the part of Mr. Khumalo

Kekeletso Mathlabe plays the part of Grace

Kekeletso Mathlabe plays the part of Grace

Xolile Gama plays the part of Georgie

Xolile Gama plays the part of Georgie

Dudu Yende plays the part of Ma Betty

Dudu Yende plays the part of Ma Betty


A special thank you to Matjamela Motloung of the Market Theatre Laboratory.

Technical direction was by Hugo Boothby

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