ABOUT US

The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company was founded in 2000, at a sushi conveyorbelt in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brian Webber and Sylvaine Strike (having recently returned from furthering her craft at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris), sat together watching the sushi roll past. Work had been scarce, and, fed up with waiting for their agents to call, they decided to form a company, and began making their own work.

Fifteen years later, The Fortune Cookie theatre has produced six critically acclaimed plays, and collaborated with three independent theatre companies to produce three more.Within the company, Sylvaine and Brian revolve in their roles as actor, creator, director. When they perform together an independent director is invited in. A third company member, Chen Nakar, a structural engineer, became part of Fortune Cookie in 2002, becoming its resident set designer and company manager. His acclaimed designs have become synonymous with the signature style of the company's work. In 2011, the company´s youngest member William Harding was invited to come on board as researcher, actor and assistant producer/administrator.

William Harding

SYLVAINE STRIKE


Artistic Director of The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company.  

Featured Artist 2014, National Arts Festival - Find out more >

Sylvaine Strike has established herself as an actress, voice-over artist, creator and director, having a diverse career in the mediums of theatre, television and film. Receiving her training from the UCT Drama School, she went on to specialise in physical theatre and movement analysis at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, 1998-2000. She is best known for her riveting, innovative plays that have captivated audiences both nationally and internationally.

Most recently awarded the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Director 2012, for her direction of The Miser, Sylvaine is also the recipient of the 2006 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama, and one of the 25 worldwide nominees in line for the prestigious Rolex Mentor Protégé Arts Initiative 2010.

She was awarded the Fleur Du Cap Best New Director in 2005, and has devised and directed many productions including the critically acclaimed The Miser, The Table, The Butcher Brothers, The Travellers, Baobabs Don’t Grow Here, Pregnant Pause, The Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Her company has won the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Production of a Play 2012, Best Cutting Edge Production for The Travellers, Coupé and The Butcher Brothers, and has also been given the Naledi Best Ensemble Award for both of these productions. The Butcher Brothers was awarded the Standard Bank Golden Ovation Award for best physical theatre production at the NAF 2010. The Table is the recipient of 7 Naledi Nominations 2011.

As a performer, her theatre roles include: Olympia in Fortunately 2001, Felicité Strasbourg in Coupé, winning her a Naledi Best Actress in a Comedy Award 2006, Mrs Swart in Black and Blue, winning her the Naledi Best Actress in  a Comedy 2004 and nominated for Fleur Du Cap Best Actress Award 2005, Phedra 2002, Yerma 2003, and Lulu in Shopping and F***ing,  for which she was given the Vita Best Actress Award 1998.  

Her film career has allowed her to work with acclaimed directors such as Darrell Roodt in Pavements and Winnie, Tom Hooper in Red Dust, Neil Blomkamp in District 9 produced by Peter Jackson, Jan Kounen in Flight of the Storks Donovan Marsh in Spud and Brian Webber in Liefling. She has recently completed filming on Mad Dogs III and IV for Sky TV UK, directed by Adrian Shergold.

A highly versatile voice over artist, Sylvaine has done animation voice work on Jock of the Bushveld, and Stories My Gogo Told Me for the popular Listener’s Library collection. She is best known for her insane character voices and previously as the voice of Cell C. Sylvaine is a freelance teacher at various dramatic institutions, offering master classes and workshops in devising and performance.

William Harding

BRIAN WEBBER


Co founder, actor, creator

Brian Webber is an acclaimed actor, well known and respected and always pushing the boundaries of his craft, he is a writer, director and fine artist.

Brian obtained his degree in Drama at the University of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and has been working professionally, in South Africa and Europe since 1990.

Film
He is best known by audiences for his portrayal of Rudy in the feature film screen version of Martin Sherman´s BENT, starring in a lead role opposite Clive Owen, Sir Ian McKellen and Mick Jagger for Channel Four Films and MGM. He has also directed a full length Afrikaans Musical feature film called LIEFLING, produced by Hartiwood Studio´s.


Theatre
On Stage he is well known for his collaborations with Lara Foot-Newton, Marthinus Basson, Sylvaine Strike, Harry Kalmer, Yael Farber and Robert Coleman. He has been singled out and praised by theatre critics and industry icons for many of his performances including a quote from Sir. Ian McKellen: "I thought some of the young actors were very good, especially Brian Webber." - with reference to The Messenger, a role which Brian portrayed alongside John Khani in the successfully revised version of ANTIGONE, co-written and directed by Sean Mathias. Brian has worked on many occasions at the Market Theatre; most recently he appeared as Boetie in ACROPOLIS CAFè for which he received a NALEDI nomination for Best Supporting Actor and as Francois Le Grange in the immensely popular COUPè. He has performed in the successful musical NAGLOPER at various festivals opposite Ian Roberts-a musical about forgotten music legend Dawie De Lange.

Alongside Sylvaine Strike, Brian steers and nurtures the fresh and innovative "Fortune Cookie Theatre Company". Amongst the productions under their belt, Brian has been directly involved in FORTUNATELY, THE TRAVELLERS and COUPè and the highly acclaimed THE TABLE.

Scripting for Stage and Screen
Brian has written several film scripts and collaborated with other artists including Myer Taub on the full-length screenplay of HYMN (based on Brians´ first one man show) which they co-wrote together. He also wrote and directed the play DISCOUNT CASH AND CARRY, produced and performed at the Market Theatre as part of their New Directors´ Season.

Television
Television credits include JP Marais in the Bobby Heaney and Paul Slabolepsy sitcom KONSTERNASIE OPPI STASIE, the role of Renier in the Christmas Drama HEART OF GOLD, playing Gustav in THE LAB II, Misha the villain in ISIDINGO – THE TRUTH, Robert in IT RAINED LAST NIGHT, Spencer in ZERO TOLERANCE, Carl Sager in THE DELENTA FILES and creating South Africas´ much loved, first cyber character DUB, for TUBE – SABC 2 .This adorable alien toddler has been watched daily by thousands of children across Africa and has released an album of fantastic songs and duets with amongst others local songstress Queen, Arthur and Brendan Jury, plus a whole range of personalized merchandise: dolls, doughnuts, cards, potato crisps, clothing and stickers.

Awards

Besides various Fleur Du Cap, Vita, Dalro and Naledi Award nominations, Brian received an FNB Vita Best South African Actor Award for his portrayal of Mark in Mark Ravenhill´s SHOPPING AND FUCKING, a Vita Award For Best South African Comedy Performance as Mother in OXYGEN-ARTATTACK, Best Supporting Actor Vita Award for Ste in BEAUTIFUL THING and another Best Supporting Actor Vita Award for his role as Rita in EK(I) ANNA VAN WYK. He has also received the Grahamstown National Arts Festival Best Actor Award for Alan Strang in EQUUS, the Market Theatre Bursary Award for Most Outstanding Student Actor and as co-founder of "The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company" several more NALEDI nominations and awards for Best Cutting Edge Productions in South Africa.

Brian regularly creates installations and performance art pieces and curated the exhibition LOAD SHEDDING at Kaross in Johannesburg with colleague Mary Holland, involving fourteen prolific South African artists. ...

William Harding

CHEN NAKAR


Set designer, financial advisor

Born in Israel where he spent his childhood, Chen matriculated from the Pro Arte High School for Ballet Art Music and Drama in Pretoria, with Drama as his major.

He went on to study Civil Engineering in Haifa, Israel and has worked as both a civil and structural engineer since his graduation in 2000. Chen is based in South Africa and freelances as a set designer for the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company. His designs, which have enjoyed critical acclaim, won him a Naledi Best Set Design for Coupè in 2006 and a Naledi Nomination for Best set design for The Travellers, 2005. Chen also works as administrator and financial advisor to the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company.

William Harding

TONI MORKEL


Actor, Director, Company Production Manager


Recent creations and performances include Roach directed by Khutjo Bakunzi-Green; The Last Show directed by Jemma Kahn; Pieter Dirk Uys´s The Merry Wives of Zuma; The Voodoo Divas´ Nounouche - The Side Show; Jenine Collocott's High Diving; Market Theatre's Grimm Tales(for which she received a Naledi nomination for Best Female Comedy Performer); The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company´s Coupé and The Travellers. (For The Travellers Toni was voted Best Female Physical Theatre Performer at NAF 2005 by Die Beeld newspaper, and received a Naledi nomination for Best Female Comedy Performance). Other performances of note at The Market Theatre include several Robyn Orlin pieces (most notable being the internationally acclaimed daddy I´ve seen this piece six times before and I still don´t know why they're hurting each other); fall, I catch you; and Two Straight Queers (for which she won the 1997 FNB Tonight Comedy Actress of the year Award).

Directorial work includes the 2015 NAF Silver Ovation winning Father, Father, Father; Nelisiwe Xaba's Black...?White...! and Sarkozy says No! to the Venus (both of which have toured extensively internationally); and Robert Colman´s Fuck Politics, Lets Dora (2010).

Toni is a proud member of The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company. She is a member of both Causing A Scene and Jittery Citizens improvisation groups and Le Club physical theatre group.

Toni entered the world of theatre, after completing her studies in Fine Arts, first through Costume Arts, and then she joined The Handspring Puppet Company for 3 years where she trained as a performer and gained invaluable experience in theatre making.

William Harding

WILLIAM HARDING


Actor, playwright in residence, assistant producer


William Harding was born in Belgium and moved to South Africa in 1995. He was introduced to the theatre by chance while studying at Wits and decided to change his studies to pursue this new passion. He graduated with distinction from his Honours degree. While studying at Wits, he made full use of the theatre facilities by directing, producing and performing in over 20 student and semi-professional productions, enjoying success in a wide range of styles and texts. In 2011 his successes were recognised when he was awarded the Taubie Kushlick Award for Drama for contribution to creative projects.


He made his professional acting debut in Sylvaine Strike's The Table where he interpreted the role of Levi opposite Fortune Cookie-an Brian Webber was his first experience working with the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company and the occurrence fit him like a glove. Not a too-large-and-sweaty glove, or a very-small-I-can-fit-in-but-no-blood-can-circulate-to-my-fingers glove; but a perfect fit glove with faux-fur on the inside. He would not allow himself not to work with this band of theatrical engineers again.


William had the great privilege to be asked to join the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company as Administrator and Assistant Producer. He now lets the madness, the light and the spirit of the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company suffuse his very being. And he loves it!

William Harding

ATANDWA KANI


Actor, Marketing and Social Media


Atandwa Kani is a film, television and theatre actor born in Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and is the son of John Kani. At a young age he was exposed to the entertainment industry and after spending time with his father while reading scripts and attending theatre performances, he was greatly influenced to follow the footsteps of his father.

He was educated at the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied theatre performance and graduated in 2008. He was awarded the "Leon Gluckman Award" for 'Best Research Project'. While at University, Atandwa performed in many student productions including leas roles in: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Much Ado About nothing, Once on This Island, Translations and I need a Gun amongst others.

He made his international stage debut in The Tempest, for which he received a 'Best Supporting Actor' Fleur Du Cap nomination, a collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Center and the RSC, where he played Ariel alongside his father and Sir Antony Sher. One reviewer described him as "the star of this production...he was a true pleasure to watch, embodying the character and interacting beautifully with the rest of the cast".

He performed and workshopped two new plays, Hayani and ID Pending with fellow actor and Wits graduate, Nat Ramabulana, and directed by Warren Nebe they Premiered both productions at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2009. Hayani was later reprised and performed at the Market Theatre (Johannesburg) and the Baxter Theatre (Cape Town).

Atandwa went on to play the role of Thabo Mbeki in a Paul Grootboom directed production of "Rhetorical" in 2012 for which he won a Naledi Award for in 2013 as 'Best Newcomer/ Breakthrough Actor'.

He then went on to perform in Sylvaine Strike's "The Miser" for which he received a Naledi nomination. This marked the beginning of his relationship with the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company which he officially joined in 2014, after performing alongside Sylvaine in Black and Blue at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2014, as part of the Featured Artist Programme (Sylvaine Strike), directed by James Cunningham.

In 2015, Atandwa toured the US with the play "Sizwe Banzi is Dead" alongside Mncedisi Shabangu, directed by Dr John Kani.





Fortune Cookie Theatre Company est. 2000
ABOUT US

The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company was founded in 2000, at a sushi conveyorbelt in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brian Webber and Sylvaine Strike (having recently returned from furthering her craft at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris), sat together watching the sushi roll past. Work had been scarce, and, fed up with waiting for their agents to call, they decided to form a company, and began making their own work.

Fifteen years later, The Fortune Cookie theatre has produced six critically acclaimed plays, and collaborated with three independent theatre companies to produce three more.Within the company, Sylvaine and Brian revolve in their roles as actor, creator, director. When they perform together an independent director is invited in. A third company member, Chen Nakar, a structural engineer, became part of Fortune Cookie in 2002, becoming its resident set designer and company manager. His acclaimed designs have become synonymous with the signature style of the company's work. In 2011, the company´s youngest member William Harding was invited to come on board as researcher, actor and assistant producer/administrator.

William Harding

SYLVAINE STRIKE


Artistic Director of The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company.  

Featured Artist 2014, National Arts Festival - Find out more >

Sylvaine Strike has established herself as an actress, voice-over artist, creator and director, having a diverse career in the mediums of theatre, television and film. Receiving her training from the UCT Drama School, she went on to specialise in physical theatre and movement analysis at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, 1998-2000. She is best known for her riveting, innovative plays that have captivated audiences both nationally and internationally.

Most recently awarded the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Director 2012, for her direction of The Miser, Sylvaine is also the recipient of the 2006 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama, and one of the 25 worldwide nominees in line for the prestigious Rolex Mentor Protégé Arts Initiative 2010.

She was awarded the Fleur Du Cap Best New Director in 2005, and has devised and directed many productions including the critically acclaimed The Miser, The Table, The Butcher Brothers, The Travellers, Baobabs Don’t Grow Here, Pregnant Pause, The Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Her company has won the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Production of a Play 2012, Best Cutting Edge Production for The Travellers, Coupé and The Butcher Brothers, and has also been given the Naledi Best Ensemble Award for both of these productions. The Butcher Brothers was awarded the Standard Bank Golden Ovation Award for best physical theatre production at the NAF 2010. The Table is the recipient of 7 Naledi Nominations 2011.

As a performer, her theatre roles include: Olympia in Fortunately 2001, Felicité Strasbourg in Coupé, winning her a Naledi Best Actress in a Comedy Award 2006, Mrs Swart in Black and Blue, winning her the Naledi Best Actress in  a Comedy 2004 and nominated for Fleur Du Cap Best Actress Award 2005, Phedra 2002, Yerma 2003, and Lulu in Shopping and F***ing,  for which she was given the Vita Best Actress Award 1998.  

Her film career has allowed her to work with acclaimed directors such as Darrell Roodt in Pavements and Winnie, Tom Hooper in Red Dust, Neil Blomkamp in District 9 produced by Peter Jackson, Jan Kounen in Flight of the Storks Donovan Marsh in Spud and Brian Webber in Liefling. She has recently completed filming on Mad Dogs III and IV for Sky TV UK, directed by Adrian Shergold.

A highly versatile voice over artist, Sylvaine has done animation voice work on Jock of the Bushveld, and Stories My Gogo Told Me for the popular Listener’s Library collection. She is best known for her insane character voices and previously as the voice of Cell C. Sylvaine is a freelance teacher at various dramatic institutions, offering master classes and workshops in devising and performance.

William Harding

BRIAN WEBBER


Co founder, actor, creator

Brian Webber is an acclaimed actor, well known and respected and always pushing the boundaries of his craft, he is a writer, director and fine artist.

Brian obtained his degree in Drama at the University of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and has been working professionally, in South Africa and Europe since 1990.

Film
He is best known by audiences for his portrayal of Rudy in the feature film screen version of Martin Sherman´s BENT, starring in a lead role opposite Clive Owen, Sir Ian McKellen and Mick Jagger for Channel Four Films and MGM. He has also directed a full length Afrikaans Musical feature film called LIEFLING, produced by Hartiwood Studio´s.


Theatre
On Stage he is well known for his collaborations with Lara Foot-Newton, Marthinus Basson, Sylvaine Strike, Harry Kalmer, Yael Farber and Robert Coleman. He has been singled out and praised by theatre critics and industry icons for many of his performances including a quote from Sir. Ian McKellen: "I thought some of the young actors were very good, especially Brian Webber." - with reference to The Messenger, a role which Brian portrayed alongside John Khani in the successfully revised version of ANTIGONE, co-written and directed by Sean Mathias. Brian has worked on many occasions at the Market Theatre; most recently he appeared as Boetie in ACROPOLIS CAFè for which he received a NALEDI nomination for Best Supporting Actor and as Francois Le Grange in the immensely popular COUPè. He has performed in the successful musical NAGLOPER at various festivals opposite Ian Roberts-a musical about forgotten music legend Dawie De Lange.

Alongside Sylvaine Strike, Brian steers and nurtures the fresh and innovative "Fortune Cookie Theatre Company". Amongst the productions under their belt, Brian has been directly involved in FORTUNATELY, THE TRAVELLERS and COUPè and the highly acclaimed THE TABLE.

Scripting for Stage and Screen
Brian has written several film scripts and collaborated with other artists including Myer Taub on the full-length screenplay of HYMN (based on Brians´ first one man show) which they co-wrote together. He also wrote and directed the play DISCOUNT CASH AND CARRY, produced and performed at the Market Theatre as part of their New Directors´ Season.

Television
Television credits include JP Marais in the Bobby Heaney and Paul Slabolepsy sitcom KONSTERNASIE OPPI STASIE, the role of Renier in the Christmas Drama HEART OF GOLD, playing Gustav in THE LAB II, Misha the villain in ISIDINGO – THE TRUTH, Robert in IT RAINED LAST NIGHT, Spencer in ZERO TOLERANCE, Carl Sager in THE DELENTA FILES and creating South Africas´ much loved, first cyber character DUB, for TUBE – SABC 2 .This adorable alien toddler has been watched daily by thousands of children across Africa and has released an album of fantastic songs and duets with amongst others local songstress Queen, Arthur and Brendan Jury, plus a whole range of personalized merchandise: dolls, doughnuts, cards, potato crisps, clothing and stickers.

Awards

Besides various Fleur Du Cap, Vita, Dalro and Naledi Award nominations, Brian received an FNB Vita Best South African Actor Award for his portrayal of Mark in Mark Ravenhill´s SHOPPING AND FUCKING, a Vita Award For Best South African Comedy Performance as Mother in OXYGEN-ARTATTACK, Best Supporting Actor Vita Award for Ste in BEAUTIFUL THING and another Best Supporting Actor Vita Award for his role as Rita in EK(I) ANNA VAN WYK. He has also received the Grahamstown National Arts Festival Best Actor Award for Alan Strang in EQUUS, the Market Theatre Bursary Award for Most Outstanding Student Actor and as co-founder of "The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company" several more NALEDI nominations and awards for Best Cutting Edge Productions in South Africa.

Brian regularly creates installations and performance art pieces and curated the exhibition LOAD SHEDDING at Kaross in Johannesburg with colleague Mary Holland, involving fourteen prolific South African artists. ...

William Harding

CHEN NAKAR


Set designer, financial advisor

Born in Israel where he spent his childhood, Chen matriculated from the Pro Arte High School for Ballet Art Music and Drama in Pretoria, with Drama as his major.

He went on to study Civil Engineering in Haifa, Israel and has worked as both a civil and structural engineer since his graduation in 2000. Chen is based in South Africa and freelances as a set designer for the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company. His designs, which have enjoyed critical acclaim, won him a Naledi Best Set Design for Coupè in 2006 and a Naledi Nomination for Best set design for The Travellers, 2005. Chen also works as administrator and financial advisor to the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company.

William Harding

TONI MORKEL


Actor, Director


Recent creations and performances include Roach directed by Khutjo Bakunzi-Green; The Last Show directed by Jemma Kahn; Pieter Dirk Uys´s The Merry Wives of Zuma; The Voodoo Divas´ Nounouche - The Side Show; Jenine Collocott's High Diving; Market Theatre's Grimm Tales(for which she received a Naledi nomination for Best Female Comedy Performer); The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company´s Coupé and The Travellers. (For The Travellers Toni was voted Best Female Physical Theatre Performer at NAF 2005 by Die Beeld newspaper, and received a Naledi nomination for Best Female Comedy Performance). Other performances of note at The Market Theatre include several Robyn Orlin pieces (most notable being the internationally acclaimed daddy I´ve seen this piece six times before and I still don´t know why they're hurting each other); fall, I catch you; and Two Straight Queers (for which she won the 1997 FNB Tonight Comedy Actress of the year Award).

Directorial work includes the 2015 NAF Silver Ovation winning Father, Father, Father; Nelisiwe Xaba's Black...?White...! and Sarkozy says No! to the Venus (both of which have toured extensively internationally); and Robert Colman´s Fuck Politics, Lets Dora (2010).

Toni is a proud member of The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company. She is a member of both Causing A Scene and Jittery Citizens improvisation groups and Le Club physical theatre group.

Toni entered the world of theatre, after completing her studies in Fine Arts, first through Costume Arts, and then she joined The Handspring Puppet Company for 3 years where she trained as a performer and gained invaluable experience in theatre making.

William Harding

WILLIAM HARDING


Actor, playwright in residence, assistant producer


William Harding was born in Belgium and moved to South Africa in 1995. He was introduced to the theatre by chance while studying at Wits and decided to change his studies to pursue this new passion. He graduated with distinction from his Honours degree. While studying at Wits, he made full use of the theatre facilities by directing, producing and performing in over 20 student and semi-professional productions, enjoying success in a wide range of styles and texts. In 2011 his successes were recognised when he was awarded the Taubie Kushlick Award for Drama for contribution to creative projects.


He made his professional acting debut in Sylvaine Strike's The Table where he interpreted the role of Levi opposite Fortune Cookie-an Brian Webber was his first experience working with the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company and the occurrence fit him like a glove. Not a too-large-and-sweaty glove, or a very-small-I-can-fit-in-but-no-blood-can-circulate-to-my-fingers glove; but a perfect fit glove with faux-fur on the inside. He would not allow himself not to work with this band of theatrical engineers again.


William had the great privilege to be asked to join the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company as Administrator and Assistant Producer. He now lets the madness, the light and the spirit of the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company suffuse his very being. And he loves it!

William Harding

ATANDWA KANI


Actor, Marketing and Social Media


Atandwa Kani is a film, television and theatre actor born in Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and is the son of John Kani. At a young age he was exposed to the entertainment industry and after spending time with his father while reading scripts and attending theatre performances, he was greatly influenced to follow the footsteps of his father.

He was educated at the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied theatre performance and graduated in 2008. He was awarded the "Leon Gluckman Award" for 'Best Research Project'. While at University, Atandwa performed in many student productions including leas roles in: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Much Ado About nothing, Once on This Island, Translations and I need a Gun amongst others.

He made his international stage debut in The Tempest, for which he received a 'Best Supporting Actor' Fleur Du Cap nomination, a collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Center and the RSC, where he played Ariel alongside his father and Sir Antony Sher. One reviewer described him as "the star of this production...he was a true pleasure to watch, embodying the character and interacting beautifully with the rest of the cast".

He performed and workshopped two new plays, Hayani and ID Pending with fellow actor and Wits graduate, Nat Ramabulana, and directed by Warren Nebe they Premiered both productions at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2009. Hayani was later reprised and performed at the Market Theatre (Johannesburg) and the Baxter Theatre (Cape Town).

Atandwa went on to play the role of Thabo Mbeki in a Paul Grootboom directed production of "Rhetorical" in 2012 for which he won a Naledi Award for in 2013 as 'Best Newcomer/ Breakthrough Actor'.

He then went on to perform in Sylvaine Strike's "The Miser" for which he received a Naledi nomination. This marked the beginning of his relationship with the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company which he officially joined in 2014, after performing alongside Sylvaine in Black and Blue at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2014, as part of the Featured Artist Programme (Sylvaine Strike), directed by James Cunningham.

In 2015, Atandwa toured the US with the play "Sizwe Banzi is Dead" alongside Mncedisi Shabangu, directed by Dr John Kani.





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