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Skierlik  is the multi-award winning and internationally revered, modern theatre classical play, based on the true South African event of 14 January 2008, in the remote little known informal settlement of SKIERLIK. The play takes us on Thomas personal journey, returning back to his home of Skierlik, years after he left the place following the loss his daughter and wife on the eventful day. This heartfelt, traumatic, and thought provoking story of love, loss, and hope, paints poetic pictures with words, as told by the masterful story-teller that is Phillip Dikotla. 


Skierlik was staged, developed, and toured over several years, as follows:


2010 - First performed at the Market Theatre Laboratory as a 10-minute graduation piece

2011 - Performed as a full-length play at the Market Theatre Laboratory Zwakala festival, where Karabo Kgokong came on board as the productions producer 

2011- Performed At Studio 3 of the Mmabana Arts Centre, directed by Mpho J Molepo

2012 - The play was selected to participate in the Zabalaza Festival

2013 - Staged in the Golden Arrow Studio at the Baxter Theatre Centre, as part of the Zabalaza Festival

The show went on to play for a 2-weeks season, at the Golden Arrow Studio (Baxter Theatre Centre) As the Winner of the Zabalaza Festival 2013, mentored by Mncedisi Shabangu. Later in the year, the show traveled to the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, mentored by Omphile Molusi. Won the Fringe Ovation and Encore Award. Performed at the Nunnery, Wits Theatre Complex, as part of the Wits 969 Festival, Johannesburg


2014 - The show toured with AfroVibes Festival’s Amsterdam & UK Tour, playing the show in more than 13 cities across the UK and in Amsterdam

2015 -2020

Performances at:

  • The Schools Festival,

  • Suidoosterfees,


  • Market Theatre Lab (as part of the Market Theatre 30 years celebration),

  • POPArt Theatre,

  • Toured High Schools across South Africa, as part of the schools festival.

  • and many other shows.


2022 :

Playscript re-published

Digital Stream experience - released.

And so, the show continues today. The story continues.

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