It was during this period of absence from Johannesburg and Soweto that he first found the time seriously to develop the artistic talents which had hitherto found expression mainly in student drama. He wrote poetry and plays, composed and performed music, made lithographs and woodcuts, and painted in oils. The astonishing variety of his artistic gifts has been the hallmark of his creative work every since, particularly for the stage where he has increasingly sought to incorporate music, poetry and painting in his productions.