Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square is proud to present another unique and innovative production by Jenine Collocott, acclaimed member of the team that created ‘The Snow Goose’. The new, captivating production, Making Mandela is the story of what influenced the rural boy to become the global legend.

The production is imaginative journey through the childhood of Nelson Mandela featuring colourful characters, vividly portrayed in beautiful masks, with physical performances supported by emotive sound design and theatrical styling. The play is written by Nick Warren and Jenine Collocott. It is also directed and designed by Jenine Collocott with sceneography construction by Duncan Gibbon and sound design by Peter Cornell. It was originally produced by KBT and Hello Elephant.

Recently, the production enjoyed sell out seasons at both the S.A. State Theatre in Pretoria and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Making Mandela will make its Johannesburg debut on the 14th September for a two week run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square. 1918 marks the birth of Rolihlahla Madiba Mandela as well as the Afrikaner Broederbond.

Making Mandela tells the story of two opposing forces with different upbringings, natures, backgrounds and intentions developed in parallel and destined to one day confront each other in a battle for the ultimate freedom of South Africa for all South Africans.

In 2009, Jenine Collocott received funding from the National Arts Council to write this script. She then employed Nick Warren and they researched and wrote the script together. Jenine was subsequently invited to the NAC writing initiative ‘So You Think you can Write’ where the script was read publically in 2010. After that Jenine went to further her theatre studies for three years in Italy.

In 2013 she applied to the NAC was successful for a percentage of the total production budget. In 2014 Jenine joined forces with KBT Productions produce this piece. Jenine received a letter from the Nelson Mandela Foundation confirming their support of the production where they stated that any artist is within their right to do an interpretation of Mr Mandela’s life.