Minister Nathi Mthethwa to Address the Opening Reception of The House of Truth performed by Sello Maake kaNcube at the National Arts Festival

The Department of Arts and Culture invites you to the opening reception of The House of Truth, a bio-play that pays homage to legendary Drum writer and journalist, Can Themba. The play is premiering at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and is presented as part of the ongoing celebrations of the centenary of University of Fort Hare.

This seminal work is performed by internationally acclaimed actor and producer, Sello Maake kaNcube, who returns to the National Arts Festival after years of doing work on TV and cinema. In 1994 Maake kaNcube won the DALRO Best Actor Award for his performance in the adaptation of Can Themba’s classical story, The Suit, produced by Barney Simon and Mothobi Mutloatse. More than twenty years later he returns to the stage to play the role of Themba.

The play weaves together Themba’s complex life story as reflected from his House of Truth, a single-room flat located at 111 Ray Street, in Sophiatown of the 1950s. Themba welcomed to his house anybody who was interested in “intelligent debate.” According to Stan Motjuwadi, the House of Truth was “Can’s way of cocking a snook at snobbery, officialdom and anything that smacked of the formal. Everybody but a snob was welcome at the House of Truth.”

The opening reception will be addressed by the Minister of Arts and Culture and will include an exhibition and the screening of a short documentary about the legacy of Can Themba. The House of Truth will be on stage at The Hangar from 30 June until 3 July 2016.

Event             : The House of Truth opening reception

Date               : Thursday, 30 June 2016

Time               : 09:00

Venue            : National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown

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For RSVP please email Mthuthuzeli Nqumba at or call 0744787681

For more information please email Lisa Combrinck at or call 0828214886


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