Tselane Mashilo: Nyala O’

Tselane Mashilo: Nyala O’

From February 9 to 18, 2018, The South African State Theatre will present Nyala O’, a performance by South African artist Tselane Mashilo.

There is a popular saying in the Sotho culture, ‘Nyala o Nyele’, which means that marriage is not an easy process, as things get chaotic and people must prepare themselves for what comes with being married.

The play Nyala O’ takes on a different approach to this saying. Here, the audience is taken on a journey of Nomsa who is married and commitment to Joe. It allows her to explore in conversation, how things are expected to be done both traditionally and in the Western culture.

Nyala O’ is comedic and leaves no stone unturned, and makes use of real-life discussions that will make the audience have a different perspective towards communication within a marriage. ‘Nyala o hume, Nyala o thabe, Nyala o tswe kwa gae…’ all these sayings give us a different recipe as to why people get married.




adeoluwa oluwajoba is an artist, critic and art writer. He holds a B.A in Fine and Applied Arts from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and is currently the Programme Officer at The Ben Enwonwu Foundation.

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