The South African State Theatre in association with Ruban Noir Pty Ltd by arrangement with DALRO Pty (Ltd)
Mooi Street Moves is a modern South African classic by famed local playwright Paul
Its 1992 in Hillbrow, Johannesburg “Mooi Street Moves” takes a tragicomic look at a white
country bumpkin Henry Stone and a black urban hustler Stix Letsebe whom are trapped
dealing with the remnants of apartheid and a dawn of a new nation at the same time. A
devastated Henry shows up in Stix’s flat looking for his brother Steve, Stix has no choice but
to take him in and prepare him for survival in the rough streets of Johannesburg.
This play will amuse with its comic exploration of cultural and racial tension, and move one
with the newly found brotherhood, as the dark alleys and lurking shadows of Hillbrow
greet them at every turn.
This play see’s MoMo Matsunyane direct her third professional offering Since “Penny”
which she wrote and directed for the So Solo festival at Wits and Phillip Dikotla’s “Kulneck”
for the PopArt Theatre and both offerings will premier at the National Arts Festival in July.
She has also Co- Directed “Tau” with Thabiso Ramalla for the Market Theatre. MoMo is a
graduate of Wits University, an actor, performer, writer and an part of the hugely talented
“Thenx” Sketch comedy group.
Warona Seane provides dramaturgy in this first production to see two females collaborate
for a professional staging of “Mooi Street Moves”. Warona’s stage acting credits include:
“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow Is Enuf” (Fleur Du
Cap 2002); “The Alchemist’s Heart” “Nothing but the Truth” and “Nongogo” (Naledi
nomination 2006). “Tsela” an adaptation of “Waiting for Godot”, “Ukutshona ko Mendi: Did
We Dance” and “Tin Bucket Drum”. Ms. Seane’s directing credits include “Sacred Thorn”
“Yes Medem” Nelisiwe Xaba’s solos “Fragments of an Orgy” “Mute Echoes” and “Romeo and
Juliet” “For Colored/Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf” by
Ntozakhe Shange; “Eclipsed” by Danai Gurira “We Are Here” by Antonio Lyons, “The
Mountaintop” by Katori Hall (Naledi Best Director nomination 2013) “Hani” for the
Gauteng Opera’s Cula Mzansi and “OoMaSisulu” which is currently playing at NAF 2016.
Ms. Seane taught at Wits School of Arts and the Market Theatre Laboratory, has presented
at the “Black Women in the Performing Arts Conference: Volume 1” at The Steve Biko
Centre and the 10 th Women Playrights International Conference. Warona Seane was the
first Artistic Manager at Soweto Theatre between 2013-2015.
Two of South Africa amazing actors Theo Landey (Henry Stone) and Motlatsi Mafatshe (Stix
Litsebe) reprise this Slabolepzy’s classical production to life for the South African State
Theo Landey classically trained at LAMDA, Theo has appeared in many successful
theatrical productions locally and abroad. He made his South African debut in The Judas
Kiss as Lord Alfred Douglas in 2000 and since then has acted in many local productions;
notably the Tesson Theatre’s King Lear, Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. Theo
was part of the original cast of the Market Theatre’s highly acclaimed Death of a Colonialist
as well as the Theatre on the Square’s successful production of David Mamet’s Romance, to
name a few, The History Boys and Travels with my Aunt for which he won a Naledi for Best
Supporting Actor. His television credits include several international TV shows, locally he
has been appeared in SABC’s “The Res” and “Generations”, MNET’s Innocent Times and
Erfsondes and ETV’s daily soap Scandal!
He has done a few feature films too; locally he was the voice of Percy Fitzpatrick in Jock of
the Bushveld 3D as well as the critically acclaimed Long Walk to Freedom. International
movies include Man to Man, I Dreamed of Africa and To the Ends of the Earth. Released
later this year Theo also stars in Amma Asante’s highly anticipated biopic feature film
about Seretse Khama; A United Kingdom. This is his first production for the State Theatre.
Motlatsi Mafatshe is an AFDA of motion picture & live performance. His relatively short
and versatile career has seen him become a household name in the SABC 3 soap “Isidingo”
and Mzansi Magic’s “Ayeye”, he has featured in a number of local feature film and his most
notable performance being in a lead role in Khalo Matabane’s “When we were Black”. He is
a singer song writer, music producer and lead of the international famed “Mo and The Dark
Knights” which has seen him perform across Southern Africa .
The Star Newspaper regarded him as 1 of top 100 South Africans in 2007 amongst the likes
of Tokyo Sexwale & Nelson Mandela.
Has worked with NYS Music production on the (It’s for Life) sitcom as the producer and
composer of the theme music, title sequence and the hit single “It’s for life”. In 2012 his
band was the opening act for Usher Raymond’s SA Tour at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto
sizzling an audience of 20 000.
The play shows Slabolepszy’s writing at its best, at a time when workshopping and
improvisation were more popular than literary form and structure in South African theatre.