Crime thriller has audience on

Crime thriller has audience on the edge of their seats

South African actors shine in Silent Voice, which is showing at the Baxter Theatre until 1 November.

Crime thriller has audience on

After a well-noted, successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, Silent Voice is now showing at The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

The cast includes Presley Chweneyagae (well-known for his role in the Academy Award-winning film Tsotsi), Zenzo Ngqobe (known for his roles in Rhythm City, Tsotsi and Black Diamond), Boitumelo Shisana (known for his roles in Hillside and Tshepang) and Don Mosenye (known for his roles in Coolie Odyssey and Generations) and Tshallo Chokwe. Joining the cast as a percussionist is Motshepe Pusho Kgawane .


The show starts with the lights dimmed, four gunmen appear, pointing their guns at the audience. It is clear that the audience then becomes hostage victims.

The production deals with a botched robbery, filled with unexpected turning points.The action packed, hard-hitting 65 minute production had audience members sitting on the edge of their seats.

It is interesting to note that the production not only explores the hard-hitting reality of crime in our country but reveals the core reasons why criminals avert to criminal activity.

Even if you’re not into thrillers, the production will have you’re  in suspense and get your adrenaline pumping.

I have to commend the actors on their brilliant acting, which received a standing ovation from the audience.

The cast of Silent Voice and I.


Q&A with the cast members

Please tell me more about the research process you as cast members have been through in preparation for your respective roles?

In 2008 we took part in a workshop. We also had a one- on- one session with someone who is involved in criminal activity. The rest of the research we gathered from personal experiences.

How long was the rehearsal process for Silent Voice?

The rehearsal process took place over a period of 5 weeks.

What was it like to perform at the Edinburgh Assembly Fringe Festival this year?

Audiences loved the production. It was a very refreshing experience.

Why would you say people should come and watch the show?

The show is action packed, as it is very rare to find a production such as ours on stage.

Aubrey Sekhabi’s Silent Voice received four Naledi Award nominations this year for Best Production Of a play, Best Director, Best Ensemble\Cutting Edge, Best score arrangement\Adaption and Best Lighting Design.

The British Theatre guide praised the production with a 5 star rating describing it is as a deceptively, clever, theatrical play.

Silent voice has enjoyed a successful run at the State Theatre and Market Theatre. In 2009 Silent Voice also graced the stages of Senegal.

unnamedD52AWIC2Silent Voice is showing at The Baxter Theatre until 1 November 2014.

The show starts at 8.15pm on selected nights.

Check for detailed listings.

Ticket prices are R80 (previews and matinee), R90 (Monday to Thursday) and R100 over weekends.

Students pay R30.

PG 14 (LV)

Tickets are available at computicket.