Catch John Kani’s Missing at Artscape Theatre

John Kani in Missing ... pic by Oscar O'Ryan

John Kani in MIssing. Photo: Oscar O’Ryan

HEAD down to the Artscape Theatre this weekend to watch John Kani’s play, Missing. The show is being staged at 7.30 pm on Thursday, May 12, Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.

The play centres on Robert Khalipa (Kani), who has been living in exile in Stockholm,  Sweden, for over 30 years, with his wife, Anna Olson (Susan Danford), who has inherited her father’s large electronic and communications company, and their daughter Ayanda (Buhle Ngaba), a doctor working in a hospital in Stockholm.

Something that Robert has been waiting for all his life in exile has finally happened: Mandela has been released. South Africa is on the road to democracy. Going home has become a reality.

Instead of a celebration, however, this new situation becomes the cancer that breaks the Khalipa family apart. To add insult to injury, Robert is not called by the ANC to come home and be part of the negotiations.

What follows is a plot full of intrigue, lies, backstabbing, conspiracy and political infighting. Peter Tshabalala (Apollo Ntshoko), a young comrade who was Robert’s assistant in the ANC office in Stockholm, plays an important role in the isolation of Robert by the organisation. How can the release of Nelson Mandela be the reason for this family to break up?

The play is produced by the Baxter Theatre Centre in collaboration with JK Productions. It is directed by Janice Honeyman. Lighting design is by Mannie Manim, with set design by Patrick Curtis and costume design by Birrie le Roux.

Tickets are R80 at


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