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Stimela The Gumboot Musical


Tue 28 Mar 2017–Thu 6 Apr 2017, 8:00pm
Wed 29 Mar 2017, 8:00pm
Thu 30 Mar 2017, 8:00pm
Fri 31 Mar 2017, 8:00pm
Sat 1 Apr 2017, 8:00pm

Where: Theatre Royal Nelson, 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $45.00
  • Senior/Child: $30.00
  • Group of 6: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Theatre Royal

Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa. Forbidden to speak and in almost complete darkness, the slave labourers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains. In time, it has developed into a truly unique dance form…

It would be tempting to describe Gumboots as a South African version of Tap Dogs or even Lord of the Dance. The “gumboots” of the title Stimela “The Gumboot” musical refers to boots that South African mineworkers used to wear. Often adorned with bottle tops, they could also be used as percussive instruments as the workers performed a variety of dances.

Most recently, they’ve been endorsed as a symbol of self-expression and liberation by the Stimela The Musical of Soweto. Although some of the songs are traditional, most of the material was written by Mthakathi Entertainment, the show’s director, and Thapelo Motloung, and should appeal to fans of South African pop and of Ladysmith Black Mambazo & The Lion King.

It is a celebration of song and dance, an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet.

Unrivalled in its energy and physicality, it celebrates the body as a musical instrument whilst highlighting South Africa’s rich and complex culture.

Tickets excl service fees.