Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company was founded by Janet Buckland in 2003 to address the need for a professional full-time drama company in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Between 2003 and 2013 (when SA's dire funding situation for the arts finally caught up), Ubom! had already produced an overwhelming amount of professional works, presented by the main company of actors. During those years, Ubom! also annually produced various productions by our trainee company, and the Art of the Street project, as well as assisting to produce a number of independent groups' works under our banner.

Since mid-2013, without further funding for the full-time company, Ubom! was forced to shut some doors - but not all! With sustaining funding from Rhodes University (as a project of the Drama Department) and project-to-project funding from various bodies, Ubom! continues to present top-quality productions with local artists.

Please contact us for further information on our previous productions listed below.

Ubom! 2013

Artistic Director: Janet Buckland
Resident Company Coach: Robert Murray
Project Manager: Sifiso Sikhakhane (Jan-May) Casha Jacot-Guillarmod (May-July) Company Administrator: Zipho Mqingwana
Company Manager: Melissa Pentz (Jan-July)
Performers:
   Zenzelisphesihle "Sparky" Xulu
   Elisha Mudly
   Megan van Wyk
   Seneliso "Sne" Dladla
   Nomcebisi Moyikwa
   Thami Baba
   Silulami Lwana
   Luvuyo Yanta

Ubom! productions in 2013
Betti & the Yeti directed by Daniel Buckland
STDiesel directed by Jess Harrison
HOSS directed by Rob Murray 


Ubom! 2012

Artistic Director: Janet Buckland
Resident Director: Robert Murray
Project Manager: Sifiso Sikhakhane      
Company Administrator: Nosiphiwo Fihlani
Company Manager: Karin Reum

Performers:
   Liezl de Kock
   Ilana Cilliers
   Buhle Ngaba
   Zenzelisphesihle “Sparky” Xulu
   Silulami Lwana
   Stella Dlangalala

Ubom! productions in 2012
Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs directed by Rob Murray 
Hush directed by Madele Vermaak
The Dogs Must Be Crazy directed by Rob Murray 
Through Blue directed by Rob Murray
iKrismis ePosini directed by Rob Murray

Ubom! projects in 2012
Ubom! Obutsha Youth Company: "Makana: The Missing Lynx" directed by Themba Mchunu
Ubom! Obutsha Youth Company: Industrial Theatre piece directed by Luvuyo Yanta


Ubom! 2011

Artistic Director: Janet Buckland
Resident Director: Dion van Niekerk
Project Manager: Sarah Roberson      
Company Administrator: Nosiphiwo Fihlani
Company Manager & Designer: Barati Montshiwa
Education Officer: Robert Haxton
Intern: Nombasa Ngoqo
International (visiting) intern: Matthew Jackson
Performers:
   Namatshego Khutsoane
   Nomathamsanqa "Thami" Baba
   Ilana Cilliers
   Sisonke Yafele
   Ntomboxolo "Nox" Donyeli
   Themba Mchunu

Ubom! productions in 2011
The Land of the Cranes directed by Dion van Niekerk
Door directed by Jori Snell of Baba Yaga Theatre
Wreckage directed by Brink Scholtz and choreographed by Athina Vahla (collaboration with First Physical Theatre Company and presented at the NAF Arena)
Romeo & Juliet Remixed directed by Dion van Niekerk & Frankie Savige
Phases directed by Dion van Niekerk
A Carol Christmas directed by Dion van Niekerk & choreographed by Levern Botha

Ubom! projects in 2011
Muti Incorporated directed by Luvuyo Yanta
Ubom! Obutsha Youth Company: "Romeo & Juliet Censored" directed by Madele Vermaak (commissioned by Frankie Savige’s Churchill Trust grant)
Dreamers, presented on the NAF Remix programme (performed by Kwela, 2010 MDDF winners)
Independent groups, co-produced by Ubom! in 2011
The Language We Cry In, directed by Sifiso Sikhakhane
Beelzebub, directed by Brink Scholtz 


Ubom! 2010

Artistic Director: Janet Buckland
Resident Director: Brink Scholtz
Project Manager: Sarah Roberson      
Company Administrator: Nosiphiwo Fihlani
Company Manager: Nadia Smith
Intern: Nombasa Ngoqo
Performers:
   Namatshego Khutsoane
   Dean van der Ventel
   Nomathamsanqa Baba
   Ilana Cilliers
   Sisonke Yafele
   Ntomboxolo Donyeli 

Ubom! productions in 2010
The Adventures of Little Nobody directed by Brink Scholtz 
Breed directed by Janet Buckland 
Sink or Swim directed by Cassandra Hendricks (Commissioned by SEEDS)
Hush directed by Zanne Solomon
uHansie noGrietjie eRhini directed by Brink Scholtz

Ubom! projects in 2010
Ubom! Obutsha Youth Company: "Red Earth" directed by Jennifer Schneeberger


Ubom! 2009

Artistic Director: Janet Buckland
Resident Director: Brink Scholtz
Project Manager: Sarah Roberson      
Company Administrator: Nosiphiwo Fihlani
Company Manager: Natalie Roberson (Jan-Aug) & Siphokazi Matinyana (Aug-Dec)
Intern: Siphokazi Matinyana
Performers:
   Cassandra Hendricks
   Nomathamsanqa Baba
   Ilana Cilliers
   Ntomboxolo Donyeli 
   Jaques de Silva
   Sisonke Yafele

Ubom! productions in 2009
Zina and the Songbird directed by Brink Scholtz 
Living Here (revised) directed by Brink Scholtz 
Risky Business, a collaboration between Alex Sutherland & Brink Scholtz (Commissioned by HEAIDS).
The Swimming Lesson directed by Andrew Buckland & Brink Scholtz 
The Square Root of Dreaming directed by Brink Scholtz (Commissioned by SEEDS)
Bhuti, the Bokkie, and the Xmas Beetle directed by Cassandra Hendricks

Ubom! projects in 2009
Art of the Street: "Float" directed by Daniel Buckland
The Studio - National Arts Festival Platform provided by the Grahamstown Foundation.


Ubom! 2008

Artistic Director: Janet Buckland
Resident Director: Brink Scholtz
Marketing and Publicity: (Jan-July) Wesley Deintje 
Projects and Publicity Coordinator: (July-Dec) Sarah Roberson      
Company Administrator: Michael Mati
Company Manager: Sibongiseni Ntshebe (Jan-July) & Kate Bold (July-Dec)
Performers: 
   Cassandra Hendricks
   Nomathamsanqa Baba
   Jennifer Schneeberger
   Jaques de Silva
   Sisonke Yafele
   Luvuyo Yanta

Ubom! productions in 2008
Betti and the Yeti directed by Dani Marais & Brink Scholtz 
Living Here directed by Brink Scholtz 
Risky Business, a collaboration between Alex Sutherland & Brink Scholtz (Commissioned by HEAIDS)
Halo directed by Andrew Buckland & Brink Scholtz
Meltdown directed by Brink Scholtz
Inkwenkhwezi and the Ten Tsotsis directed by Ingrid Wylde

Ubom! projects in 2008
Ubom! Obutsha Youth Company: "Thrash!" directed by Ingrid Wylde
The Studio - National Arts Festival Platform provided by the Grahamstown Foundation.


Ubom! 2007

Artistic Director: Janet Buckland 
Project Manager: Zanne Solomon      
Company Administrator: Michael Mati
Company Manager: Jennifer Schneeberger / Sibongiseni Ntshebe
Performers: 
   Nomathamsanqa Baba
   Dorian Burstein
   Sibongiseni Ntshebe
   Phindiswa Peredayisi
   Jennifer Schneeberger
   Brink Scholtz
   Sisonke Yafele
   Luvuyo Yanta

Ubom! productions in 2007
Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs directed by Daniel Buckland 
Rhythm Rebellion directed by Scott Sparrow
Mina Nawe directed by Heike Gehring
Love Amongst the Bones directed by Andrew Buckland
Wortah directed by Brink Scholtz (Commissioned by IWR)
Kwela Time directed by Ingrid Wylde 

Ubom! projects in 2007
Art of the Street: "Shark" directed by Wesley Deintje
The Studio - National Arts Festival Platform provided by the Grahamstown Foundation
The Triplets of Tantyi: Triptease directed by Janet Buckland, Zanne Solomon and Robert Haxton


Ubom! 2006

Artistic director: Janet Buckland 
Project Manager: Aylwyn Walsh      
Administrator: Simon Masoma
Stage Manager: Nyakonzima Tsana
Performers: 
   Nomathamsanqa Baba
   Dorian Burstein
   Nandipha Jantjies
   Sibongiseni Ntshebe
   Brink Scholtz
   Luvuyo Yanta

Ubom! productions in 2006
Mind Junk Magic directed by Scott Sparrow 
Jack Slater: Monster Investigator directed by Andrew Buckland
Wet Feet directed by Tanya Surtees 
Mina Nawe directed by Heike Gehring
Beauty and the Imbongolo directed by Ingrid Wylde

Ubom! projects in 2006
Art of the Street: "Sho’t Cut Corner" directed by Aylwyn Walsh and Alex Sutherland
The Triplets of Tantyi: Triptease directed by Janet Buckland and Aylwyn Walsh
The Studio - National Arts Festival Platform provided by the Grahamstown Foundation

Ubom! Trainee Company “Ubom! Obutsha”
Performers: 
   Christopher Fillis
   Silulami Lwana
   Bongani Malgas
   Phindiswa Peredayisi
   Nyaniso Swartbooi
   Sisonke Yafele

Ubom! Obutsha productions in 2006
Kiss My Boot directed by Janet Buckland
Phalo directed by Andrew Buckland
Makana (re)directed by Silulami Lwana
Digging Up the Past directed by Alex Sutherland
Sandile directed by Ingrid Wylde


Ubom! 2005

Artistic director: Janet Buckland 
Project Manager: Aylwyn Walsh     
Administrator: Simon Masoma
Company Manager: Terri Elliott
Performers: 
   Tarryn Bennett
   Sibongiseni Ntshebe
   Nomalungisa Mjo
   Daisy Spencer
   Ashley Waterman
   Luvuyo Yanta

Ubom! productions in 2005
Butter Battle directed by Daniel Buckland 
Say Otherwise directed by Janet Buckland
Muti Incorporated directed by Alex Sutherland
Scorpion directed by Andrew Buckland 
Mina Nawe directed by Heike Gehring
Laduma directed by Ingrid Wylde

Ubom! projects in 2005
Art of the Street: "Exchange" directed by Alex Sutherland
The Studio - National Arts Festival Platform provided by the Grahamstown Foundation
The Triplets of Tantyi: Triptease directed by Janet Buckland and Aylwyn Walsh
Makana directed by Janet Buckland


Ubom! 2004

Artistic Director: Janet Buckland 
Project Manager: Aylwyn Walsh
Administrator: Simon Masoma
Stage Manager: Duncan Buwalda
Performers: 
   Bongani Diko
   Jojo Hawkins
   Nomalungisa Mjo
   Jeffrey Mundell 
   Daisy Spencer
   Luvuyo Yanta

Ubom! productions in 2004
Blood Will Have Blood directed by Ingrid Wylde
The Twits directed by Daniel Buckland
The Cool Beat of Urban Heat directed by Mongi Mthombeni
Bloodstream directed by Andrew Buckland 
Muti Incorporated directed by Alex Sutherland 
Mama Scrooge directed by Ingrid Wylde

Ubom! projects in 2004
Art of the Street: "Short Changed" directed by Alex Sutherland
The Mysteries directed by Ingrid Wylde
The Studio – National Arts Festival Platform provided by the Grahamstown Foundation


Ubom! 2003

Artistic Director: Janet Buckland 
Administrator: Simon Masoma
Stage Manager: Luyanda Butana
Performers:
   Daniel Buckland
   Thembekile Davids
   Bongani Diko
   Tracy Fletcher
   Nomalungisa Mjo
   Mongi Mthombeni
   Lucy Wylde

Ubom! productions in 2003
Against the use of Nature directed by Ingrid Wylde 
The Mind Flying directed by Janet Buckland
The Lorax directed by Dion van Niekerk 
Plunge directed by Andrew Buckland
Amandla Khulu directed by Mongi Mthombeni
The Christmas Show directed by Ingrid Wylde

Ubom! projects in 2003
Art of the Street: "Small Change" directed by Alex Sutherland
The Studio – National Arts Festival Platform provided by the Grahamstown Foundation
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