District Six – Kanala


Fugard Theatre presented a brand new musical tribute, District Six – Kanala, created and directed by David Kramer to mark the 50th anniversary of the destruction of District Six. Its premiere was on the 11th February, 2016, precisely 50 years after the declaration of 1966. It ran for over 200 performances. On 11 February 1966, District Six was declared a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act. Over 60 000 people were relocated. A way of life was destroyed. Fifty years have passed, and today, hardly anything remains of what was once a thriving, densely populated, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community. The Fugard Theatre, located in the area, will pay homage to what was once District Six – the place and its people.


First season
2 February–16 April 2016

Second season
22 November 2016–26 February 2017

Main Theatre

Original Cast

Actors play multiple characters in this musical tribute

Loukmaan Adams

Carlo Daniels

Sne Dladla

Andréa Frankson

Natasha Hess

Bianca Le Grange

Edith Plaatjies

Cleo Raatus

Original Band

Lorenzo Blignaut

Anthon Mannel

Band Leader, Saxophone
Donveno Prins

Keys and Synth
Dylan Roman

Guitar Angelo

Craig van Willingh

Creative team

Writer, Director
David Kramer

Eric Abraham

Daniel Galloway

Consulting Producer
Renaye Kramer

Associate Producers
Lamees Albertus
Greg Karvellas

Musical Director
Alistair Izobell

Choreographer, Resident Director
Shelley Adriaanzen

Set Design
Saul Radomsky

Costume Design
Birrie le Roux

Lighting Design
Daniel Galloway
Benjamin du Plessis

Sound Design
Aki Khan
David Classen

Graphic Design
James Cooke

AV Mapping  and Programming
Benjamin du Plessis

Film and Animation
Daniel Rutland Manners

Set Construction
Gerhard Morkel
Carl Gersbach For CHG Engineering

Production team

Production Manager
Roberto Grové

Stage Manager
Juanita van Wyk

Deputy Stage Manager
Shayna Gleave

Wardrobe Supervisor, Production Assistant
Widaad Albertus

Sound Engineer
Melissa George

Assistant Sound Engineer
Werner Sassman

Mic Technician
David Clarke

Follow Spot Operators
Clynt Hlubi
Achmat Khroodien

Angelo Peterson

Nadia Savage

Prop Construction
Koos Marais

Sound Supplier
Eastern Acoustics

Jesse Kate Kramer
Daniel Rutland Manners

Shihaam Domingo


Kanala is a slick production; the performances, the set, all achieve a standard that The Fugard has become renowned for.”

Cape Times

“A slick, seamless and fast-paced celebration”

Daily Maverick

“Nothing less than brilliant”


“It delivers, over and over. Loud and vibrant, filled with song, dance, lots of laughter and the heartbreak of losing your home, it’s a perfect celebration of the people who lived in District Six and their music.”

What’s On Cape Town

“Dis die hart en siel van D6”

Die Burger