New territory for Romeo and Juliet

UJ Arts & Culture releases an educational podcast series featuring isiZulu and English adaptations of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) released its educational podcast drama series featuring ‘R&J Unplugged’, Robin Malan’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in English and IsiZulu. The play was translated by Nkululeko Ndhlovu and edited by Nomusa Sibiya at UJ’s Multilingual Language Services at UJ.

Recorded by UJ Arts Academy students under direction of Nompumelelo Mtshali with mentorship by Dr Jerry Mofokeng, the series includes an educational segment presented by Ashalin Singh and Nompumelelo Mtshali. The project, made available online at no cost, is intended to assist learners who are required to learn the Shakespeare play to make a connection with the work.

“Born out of the pandemic, in an attempt to continue fostering appreciation for the arts and to ensure students continue benefitting from practising the arts during this challenging time, the intention of ‘R&J Unplugged’ was to make learning material accessible to secondary learners at no cost,” says Head of UJ Arts & Culture Pieter Jacobs.

The isiZulu drama series features the voices of Bayanda Malevu, Nomthandazo Gumede, Tumelo Mogoane, Buqaqawuli Gobinca, Sinemivuyo Mpulu, Seakga Tladi, Nokukhanya Zulu, Nick Moyo, Fumo Chabalala, Ismail Skhosana, Siphesihle Ndzimande, Ismail Skhosana and Cindy Hlungwani.

The English drama series features the voices of Sinemivuyo Mpulu, Britney Adams, Fumo Chabalala, Buqaqawuli Gobinca, Nomthandazo Gumede, Tumelo Mogoane, Kagiso Shilabje, Seakga Tladi, Nick Moyo and Ismail Skhosana.

Click here to listen to the the podcast series on the UJ Arts & Culture’s website at no cost.


About UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts.

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA ( offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, in Art, Design and Architecture, as well as playing home to the NRF SARChI Chair in South African Art & Visual Culture, and the Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre. The Faculty has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education.