Meeting of the pigs

Simphiwe Vikilahle,

Live Performance

This tense play is set in Alice, a small town in South Africa. The story unfolds in the surrounding farms where machinery is used to remove the bushes and suddenly, all dangerous animals are exposed.


Simphiwe Vikilahle - Writer and Director

Simphiwe Mzimba - Marketing Officer

Yamkela Mongo - Actor

About the Artists

Simphiwe Vikilahle, an award-winning playwright, hails from the streets of Kwa-Zakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay. Although he began his career as an actor, Vikilahle discovered his true passion lay in the realm of words, dominating competitions across the bay. His proficiency in theatre manifested through writing and directing, with a pivotal moment being the attendance of a writing workshop conducted by Prof Roy Sergeant.

Notably, Simphiwe garnered recognition at the GM Eastern Cape School's competition, securing the Best Original Script award for "Two Eyes of the Bird" and emerging as the overall winner. His collaboration with director Mark Lloyd of Tap Root Productions resulted in the creation of "The Journey" in 2007, a play performed at The Opera House and later showcased at the Grahamstown Festival and across the Eastern Cape and the North East of England.

In 2011, Simphiwe's play "Eating Our Food" for The Mandela Bay Theatre Complex's one-act plays earned acclaim, reaching the finals and receiving the Best Actor award with a supporting actor nominee. He was commissioned by Twist in the same year to write a story for a Durban-based group in Port Shepston, presented at the Grahamstown Festival. Subsequently, Simphiwe's play "Ghost House" at the 2012 Cape Town Zabalaza Festival received five nominations, with him securing the Best Script award. "The Journey" further triumphed in 2012 at the Zwakala Festival, a national competition in Johannesburg, leading to a one-month season at Market Theatre. Opera House commissioned Vikilahle in 2014 to write "Andiyondoda" ("Not Man Enough") for the Grahamstown Festival. Recently, Opera House enlisted his expertise to train 60 students from 15 different schools in scriptwriting.

  • Target Age Group
    Adults Only
  • Age Classification
    21 and above
  • Reason for Classification
    • Polical Themes
    • Professional Content

  • February 24, 2024
    15:00 - 16:00
    Mendi Arts Centre

  • February 25, 2024
    17:30 - 18:30
    Mendi Arts Centre
  • Name
    Mendi Arts Centre
  • Location
    Mendi Arts Centre, New Brighton, Gqeberha
  • Directions
    The Mendi Centre has secure parking , through the entrance on Mendi Road.
  • Map Link
  • Accessibility Info
    Mendi is fully accessible to wheelchair users as there are no steps on the performance and exhibition levels.
  • Wheelchair Directions
  • Primary Language
  • Accessibility Information
    • Not Applicable
  • Event Format
    Live Performance