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The Shopping Dead| A WhatsApp Theatrical Production

Poster designed by Naddya Olouch-Adhiambo

The Shopping Dead is a fast-paced dramatic comedy that follows the lives of four Mega Mart employees who want desperately to survive their shift. This groundbreaking theatrical experiment made exclusively for WhatsApp premiered at the virtual National Arts Festival in July 2020. The play was selected for the main programme and was coproduced by the National Arts Festival and Faye Kabali-Kagwa.

Conceived during the first stages of the COVID-19 pandemic the production provided audiences and artists an alternative performance platform to online streaming. The Shopping Dead is a theatrical play designed specifically for WhatsApp, with the action broadcast through the group chat. The audience are voyeurs as narratives unfold before their eyes over the course of an hour. Rather than employ physical bodies these plays allow for the virtual world to be brought to life as text, voice notes, GIFS, memes, and pictures.


Producer: Faye Kabali-Kagwa

Playwright: Ncumisa Ndimeni

Director: Lesego Chauke

Stage Manager: Tshegofatso Mabutla

Cast Kathleen Stephens

Chris Djuma

Tankiso Mamabolo

Kiroshan Naidoo


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