The production was made possible with support from the French Institute of South Africa and Mazars
Rhinoceros (1939) is an emblematic work from the Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco, one of the foremost figures of the French avant-garde theatre and the Theatre of the Absurd. The play depicts an imaginary epidemic of "rhinoceritis", a disease that frightens all the inhabitants of a city and soon transforms them into rhinoceroses. A metaphor for the rise of totalitarianism on the eve of the Second World War, it addresses the themes of conformism and resistance to political power.
Directed and Adapted by theatreduo in Collaboration with Kwasha! Theatre Company to give a contemporary interpretation of this thought-provoking tale using physical theatre comedy, combining different registers to bring this metaphor to life, exploring the tragic situation of human politics through the use of fantastical images.
"A timeless piece"
-African Theatre Magazine
"This production is a triumph"
Behind the Scenes
Images by Hoek Swaratihe