Theatreduo & Co (Pty) Ltd was established by Billy Langa and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana - or The TheatreDuo, as they are affectionately known - an independent collaborative theatre making company based in South Africa. The company began creating its unique brand of physical and storytelling theatrical events and productions in 2015. The company has since produced original creative and theatrical works in South Africa and their work has toured most parts of the country and internationally Including Namibia, Germany, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. Their works have earned them critic’s picks and awards which include the Cape Town Fringe Fresh Award for Performance, Cape Town Fringe Fresh Creative Award for directing, Standard Bank Ovation award, The Naledi Theatre Award for Best Production for young audiences, Naledi Theatre Award for Best Solo performance, IYAF Best International Performance Award, ICA Fellowship Award and ACT (Arts and Culture Trust) Impact prize finalist.
Co-Founder, is an award-winning actor, playwright, and educator. Langa takes a curious approach to theatre that’s deeply relational to the body – puzzling out what theatre means to those who perform it and those who witness it. A recent interest of Langa’s is the presence of language, and how it fits into the physicality of theatre.
Co-Founder, is an award-winning theatre director, actor and dramaturge who prizes, above all else, the inherent truth in a piece of theatre, and the resultant impact it has on its audiences.
In 2018 Theatreduo & Co (Pty) Ltd was invited to join Junkets Publishers to publish their critically acclaimed award-winning poetry in performance theatre production Tswalo and in 2019 the same book was republished under iwalewabooks.com with forward by Nondumiso Msimang, Tswalo currently forms part of the curriculum at Rhodes University, Drama Department and is taught under translanguaging and performance.
Theatreduo and Co (Pty) Ltd sustains and maintains various creative relationships with institutions both internationally and locally: Iwalewahaus based in Germany - one of the world’s leading institution of advanced African studies. The Centre for the Less Good Idea based in South Africa - An interdisciplinary space founded by world renowned artist William Kentridge, which aims to find the less good idea by creating and supporting experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects. Market Theatre Laboratory based in South Africa - founded by Barney Simon and Dr John Kani in 1988, it is the educational arm of the world famous Market Theatre, and has developed into one of the premiere training facilities of its kind in Southern Africa.
Images by Zivanai Matangi