ThaTha (3 stars)

This article is from 2013


Pure happiness delivered via the dance and song of Zimbabwe

If there is such a thing as a recipe for pure happiness in a Fringe show, the Siyaya theatre company has found it in ThaTha. From start to finish, this celebration of southern African dance and song is driven by an energy that never lets up, from gumboot dances to rain-bringing rituals to the gorgeous harmonies of Zimbabwean reggae.

The show title translates as ‘please take’ and the whole cast give their all, as they beat out the pulse of the songs with hands and feet and sing as if they are filling the Usher Hall.

If there is one performer who stands out it’s Makhula Moyo, a dynamo of joy, leaping around the marimba and stamping through traditional dance fusion in jeans and t-shirt.

Benhilda Ngwenya shines too – the perfect diva, slicing her hips through twists and radiating attitude in beads the colour of the Zimbabwean flag that fly when she moves. It’s not too different from other African dance and music extravaganzas the Fringe has seen in previous years, but it is definitely a rainy day show if ever there was.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 26 Aug (not 12), 4.25pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12).


  • 3 stars

Siyaya Arts and Assembly. An audience favourite in 2007, fresh from Africa, colourful, climactic and bursting at the seams with energy, the spectacular celebration of song, dance and life in Africa returns to Edinburgh. Travelling around Africa, treading over borders, crushing language barriers, ThaTha - Please Take…