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Klippies artwork


Written by Jessica Siân
Directed by Diyan Zora

Monday - Saturday: 7.45pm

Wednesday & Friday matinees: 2.45pm


The Maria

I slip into Thandi’s bed in the night.
I crack her ribs and climb deep inside her chest
So I never have to leave.

Klippies is a coming-of-age drama about an unlikely friendship and the intensity of first love. Set in the twentieth year of South Africa's democracy, two girls struggle to navigate their troubled past.

Yolandi is the rebel, Thandi the school swot. In the scorching heat of a Johannesburg summer, an unexpected bond is formed. Two girls battle their way through unfamiliar feelings and the guilt of their country’s legacy.  As they wait for the rains to come, their worlds come crashing together and we’re asked - are we ever really free from the scars of the past?

Diyan Zora, Genesis Future Directors Award recipient, directs Jessica Siân's acclaimed debut play, Klippies.

The Genesis Future Directors Award program is made possible by the Genesis Foundation. 

Show Warning

This show contains themes of, and references to, sexual violence, homophobia and racism. This includes scenes that contain the use of racist and homophobic language in a derogatory manner. There is the use of loud noises, haze and swirling lights.

Klippies Cast Sheet


Photographs by Richard Hubert-Smith


Writer Jessica Siân

Director Diyan Zora

Designer Georgia Lowe

Lighting Designer Jess Bernberg

Sound Designer Tingying Dong

Casting Isabella Odoffin CDG

Movement Direction Georgina Makhubele

Voice and Dialect Hazel Holder and Eleanor Manners


With Bola Akeju and Elizabeth Dulau

Captioned performance: Thu 12 Aug, 7.45pm