The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo


The Fugard Theatre opened its doors on 12th February with a gala presentation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo. A string of local dignitaries including Kgalema Motlantle, and the theatre’s patron, Trevor Manuel were present. Theatre personalities such as David Kramer, Janice Honeyman, Pieter-Dirk Uys and Mike van Graan followed suit. Athol Fugard officially opened the theatre. The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo was a scintillating fairy tale, comedy, and drama entwined with African myth to one of the best-loved operas in history. By reimagining the classic tale and finding a new context for Mozart’s The Magic Flute within a South African setting. Isango Portobello Theatre Company performed The Magic Flute in repertoire with the The Mysteries – Yiimimangaliso.


First performance
12 February 2010

Final performance
6 March 2010

Main Theatre

Original Cast

Isango Company

Creative team

Directed by
Mark Dornford May

Musical direction by
Mandisi Dyantyis
Pauline Malefane

Choreography by
Lungelo Ngamlana

Lighting by
Mannie Manim

Costumes by
Leigh Bishop
Fagrie Nasiep

Puppetry by
Aja Marneweck