IWISA - The Fist!

Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Created and performed by Wandile A. Nodliwa and Mzamo B. Mkhombe
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Hostile Anonymous intrudes into the dark forest of terror in attempt to break out Bantu’s bondages, will he win?

The play follows a journey of Anonymous who is in search of his long–lost friend Bantu. He finds him, but is then faced with a challenge of brining him back to consciousness.

The play makes use of symbolism, repetitive quotes, poetry and movement/dance,  covering major themes of identity and depression, stemming from a combination of our upbringing, culture, media and political system. 


The title is ‘Iwisa-The Fist’ comes from the cultural value of the knobkierie (Iwisa) to the African tribe known as Nguni Tribe. It is said 79.4% of South Africans initiate from the very tribe, fathered by UMnguni. Iwisa is said to be made from one of the strongest trees found along the southern regions of Africa, a tree called Umsimbithi. Iwisa is used by men and young boys in ways of protection and cracking fruit and veggies to feed in.

The Fist is the signal of victory in our country and other neighbouring countries, and so we come with the name “Iwisa – The Fist”.


An actor, director, playwright and choreographer by profession, Nodliwa started his artistic journey in 2009 when he was only doing karate and school competitions, he then evolved to doing community theatre from 2011 till 2014, which has opened doors for him and gave him a glimpse of what the arts industry might be like. Thereafter, he went under Vusi Makhanya’s wing in dance training in 2015. He then took a leap of faith and enrolled at the Durban University of Technology for a National Diploma in Drama and Production Studies in 2016 and graduated in 2019.  Nodliwa has performed in various stages including the Stable Theatre, The Courtyard Theatre, Rhodes Theatre (Grahamstown), and Folkwang Theatre (Germany) amongst many more.  He has directed The Playroom written by Thandolwethu Zembe and was showcased at the Courtyard Theatre.   


Mzamo Brian Mkhombe is a 31-year-old professional actor, playwright, director, dee jay and a poet, amongst other artistic elements. He started his career in 2010 in Emuhle All Artists community theatre group and has performed in various stages including the Baxter Theatre, The Playhouse, The Market Lab Theatre, Catalina and the Folkwang Theatre in Germany. He directed Caged by Neil Coopen and The Brotherhood in 2018 which was performed at the courtyard theatre as his third year directing project. Done commercials as main for Game Store 2016 and 2017. 


Othembele Nomgca is an 18-year-old, born in the Eastern Cape from a small town called Flagstaff. He then moved to Kokstad to start formal school, this is where he got introduced to Sports such as Rugby and Opera Music. He took both these abilities with him through High school and got also involved with art through music. Some of the performances were held at Durban Playhouse Theatre (opera theatre) SASCE competition. At the age of 16 when he matriculated at Mount Currie S.S.S, he then enrolled at Durban University of Technology to study Drama and Production Studies in 2018. This is when performance arts have taken a major part in his life as he had been involved in the productions done at the Courtyard Theatre, most known play would be a Zulu production USIZA (2019). He is now doing his second year at Durban University of Technology. 

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