UBUNTU (The Cape Town Project)

UBUNTU (The Cape Town Project)
Created by Daryl Cloran, Mbulelo Grootboom, Deborah Hay, David Jansen Holly Lewis, Michelle Monteith and Andile Nebulane

Directed by Daryl Cloran
Set & Lighting Design by Lorenzo Savoini
Costume Design by Gillian Gallow
Sound Design by Christian Barry
Stage Manager - Kate Porter
Assistant Stage Manager - Nicola Benidickson
Featuring - Eric Goulem, Mbulelo Grootboom, David Jansen, Holly Lewis, Michelle Monteith and Andile Nebulane


In South Africa, ubuntu refers to the spirit of community, the belief that humanity is tied together. In this new collective creation, ghosts haunt a man and a woman, continents apart, as they are drawn together to discover the secrets of their past. This international collaboration of Canadian and South African artists traces the ties that bind us all, with spirited storytelling, music and dance.


In April 2005, five members of Theatrefront's ensemble traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to begin developing an international collective theatre creation in collaboration with The Baxter Theatre Centre The Canadian and South African actors spent a month in Cape Town developing a new play together. On May 1, 2005 we presented a workshop presentation of THE CAPE TOWN PROJECT at The Baxter Theatre Centre for a public audience.

In 2006 in Association with The Tarragon Theatre, Theatrefront brought our South African collaborators to Toronto twice to continue developing this production with us. In 2008 in association with the Tarragon Theatre and the Neptune Theatre (Halifax) we completed our final development workshop in Toronto, which culminated in public performances at the Tarragon Theatre rehearsal studio. The World Premiere Productions of UBUNTU (The Cape Town Project )took place in 2009 at the Tarragon Theatre (Toronto) and Neptune Theatre (Halifax).

In 2012, UBUNTU toured Western Canada with performances at Theatre Calgary, the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, Chiliwack Cultural Centre and the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver.

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