Lwanda Sindaphi

Actor, published and Fleur du Cap-winning playwright, theatre director, published poet, and co-founder and creative director of Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement, Lwanda Sindaphi is currently pursuing his honours in playwriting at the University of Cape Town. Recently, he won three Fleur du Cap awards (Best New South African Script, Best New Director and Best Ensemble) for his play, Kudu.

He was named Best Playwright by NAC at the Incubator Trade Fair, which was held at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. He is one of the most sought-after poets in Cape Town. He holds a performing arts certificate from New Africa Theatre Academy (2010–2011). He won the 2011 DFL Lover + Another Poetry Challenge poetry slam and went on to compete in the national finals. In 2014, he was named Best Poet in Africa by Badilisha Poetry.

Lwanda studied physical theatre and acting at Magnet Theatre (2012–2016) under Mark Fleishman and Jennie Reznek, and here he performed in plays like The heart of redness, an adaptation of Zakes Mda’s famous novel by Mark Fleishman, and Running with goldfish by Brink Scholtz. He was among the New Africa Theatre graduates who created and performed Iyaneth'Entlango / Finally it rains in the desert with Clare Stopford in 2011.

His own works include (writer and director) Achilles heel, which was performed at the 2013 Zabalaza main festival, Sins of others and Death the redeemer. He was named Best Director and received the Most Promising Production Award for Death the redeemer.

In 2016, he directed Paired and Kudu (published by Junkets with a successful run at the Baxter Theatre) as part of the Magnet Theatre theatre-making programme. In 2017, he wrote and directed Sleeping with the enemy, which was staged at the Cape Fringe Festival. Under the Incubator programme at Artscape, he wrote and directed Songs of this soil (musical in drama; music by Bongani Magatyana), which had a very successful run and was later staged at the Market Theatre in 2018. He has worked with Handspring, touring both internationally and nationally with War horse.

He conceptualised and directed Ingqanga, and co-directed with Lulamile Nikani in Heaven is not closed, an adaptation of Bessie Head’s short story. Lwanda was longlisted for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award. He is currently working on a new play, The calf's quest, a puppetry play (Unima) mentored by Janni Younge.

Director and playwright Lwanda Sindaphi’s Kudu catches attention at the Fleur du Cap Awards

Marli van Eeden, Lwanda Sindaphi Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-20

"Thunderous applause erupted in the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, as upcoming director and playwright Lwanda Sindaphi received not only one award, but three awards, at the recent Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, for his play, Kudu."