The Champion

Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
presented by Makukhanye Art Room | Written and Performed by Khayalethu Anthony | Directed by Khayalethu Mufo
Warning: Gender Based Violence

Highly acclaimed, The Champion is an award-winning production that tells the story of a young man who grapples with the legacy of an absent father and a mother who is a grass widow. Much of the play centres on the conflicts and contradictions inherent in and the insights delivered about his mother's life choices.

Winner for Fleur du Cap Best Performance in a Revue, Cabaret or One-Person Show (2014)
Nominated for Fleur Du Cap Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Player (2014)
Nominated for Fleur Du Cap Rosalie Van der Gucht Prize for New Directors (2014)
Nominated for Zabalaza Festival Best Script Award (2014)
Winner of the Zabalaza Festival Most Outstanding Performer (2014)
Winner of the Zabalaza Festival Best Production Award (2014)
Winner of the 2017 Fresh Fringe Writing Award (2017)


Press & Reviews

  • Wed 27th Sep 2017 Critter

    "The Champion won the Zabalaza Festival best production award back in 2014, and justifiably so, the excellence of the script is its lack of easy answers or simple solutions."

    Review of The Champion by Steve Kretzman

  • Tue 7th Oct 2014 Cape Times

    "In a society where violence is pervasive and concepts of masculinity are under scrutiny Champion explores the roots of both perpetrators and victims of violence in a riveting monologue that disrupts the traditional narrative."

    Review of 'The Champion' by Tracey Saunders

  • Fri 3rd Oct 2014 Bizcommunity

    "The Champion deserves high praise for a sensitive but unsentimental piece."

    Review of 'The Champion' by Daphne Cooper




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