The Fugard Theatre Bioscope Winter Season

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope Winter Season
20 Jun 2011 - 16 Jul 2011
R40 per night
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    20 Jun 2011 - 16 Jul 2011
  • Price

    R40 per night

The new Fugard Theatre Bioscope hosted a month-long Winter Classic Film Festival from 20 June to 16 July 2011. This followed a week of classic films based on the plays of Athol Fugard, from 7 – 11 June, in honour of his Tony Lifetime Achievement Award which he received in New York on 12 June 2011. The Winter Classic Film Festival was proudly presented in association with Thelema Mountain Vineyards.

The four week Fugard Theatre Bioscope Winter Classic Film Festival had four different themes. The film screenings started at 20h00 every night. Hot soup, fresh garlic bread, delicious Thelema Wines was on on offer and a warm atmosphere received patrons at the Fugard Theatre from 19h00 each night. The theatre had recently been fitted with new cinema-style seats, high definition cinema quality projection and surround sound systems which made the Winter Classic Film Festival a unique cinematic experience inside one of the most beautiful theatres in the country. The Classic Film Festival was programmed by Fugard Theatre founding producer Eric Abraham who also produced the Academy Award-winning film KOLYA.

The Golden Age

The Golden Age
26 FEB 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    26 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • The Bolshoi Principals
    • The Bolshoi Soloists and Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Dmitri ShostakovichMusic
    • Yuri GrigorovichChoreography
    • Yuri GrigorovichLibretto
    • Isaak GlikmanLibretto

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Bolshoi Ballet.

In a seaside town where business and mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers, where the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster…

A satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, The Golden Age makes for an original, colorful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere. This ballet that can only be seen at the Bolshoi has everything: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes, and decadent cabaret numbers. With its passionate love story featuring beautiful duets between Boris and Rita, the Bolshoi dancers plunge into every stylized step and gesture magnificently.

The Hard Problem

The Hard Problem
4 OCT
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Oct 2015 - 04 Oct 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Anthony CalfJerry
    • Kristin AthertonElaine
    • Hayley CanhamCathy
    • Vera ChokBo
    • Jonathan CoyLeo
    • Rosie HilalJulia
    • Damian MolonySpike
    • Parth ThakerarAmal
    • Olivia VinallHilary
  • Creative

    • Tom StoppardWriter
    • Nicholas HytnerDirector
    • Bob CrowleyDesigner
    • Mark HendersonLighting Designer
    • Paul ArdittiSound Designer
    • Zachary JamesStaff Director

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season.

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

★★★★★ 100 minutes of brilliant brainache. - Daily Mail
★★★★ Intellectually charged. Pulses with interesting ideas. Elegantly interpreted by Nicholas Hytner. - Evening Standard
★★★★ Offers endless stimulation. - Guardian
★★★★★ 100 minutes of brilliant brainache. - Daily Mail
★★★★ Intellectually charged. Pulses with interesting ideas. Elegantly interpreted by Nicholas Hytner. - Evening Standard
★★★★ Offers endless stimulation. - Guardian

The Kingmakers

The Kingmakers
23 FEB – 19 MAR 2016
TUE – SAT 8 PM | R130
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    23 Feb 2016 - 19 Mar 2016
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R130
  • Duration

    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Pierre MalherbeArlow
    • Rebecca Makin-TaylorAmy
    • Brent PalmerDaniel
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter, Director, Set Design
    • Benjamin du PlessisLighting Design
    • Greg KarvellasSet Design
    • Lamees AlbertusCostume Design

The Fugard Theatre announces First Playwright In Residence Louis Viljoen and a staging of his 2015 Fleur du Cap Awards Best New Script winner The Kingmakers.
 
Following on from the highly regarded Fugard Theatre productions of award-winning playwright Louis Viljoen's plays Champ (2013) and The Pervert Laura (2015), his multiple 2015 Fleur du Cap award-winning The Kingmakers will be produced at the Fugard Theatre Studio from 23 February to 19 March 2016. Viljoen will direct. He also won the 2014 Fleur du Cap Best New Director Award for The Kingmakers.
 
 A 'pitch black' political comedy The Kingmakers follows a group of opposition-party strategists as they attempt to place a neutral party member in contention for leadership. After an internal power struggle leaves them out in the cold and on the fringes of the party, they come up with a plan to shape a seemingly ambition-less, but well-respected politician into a leader. With the help of a rising commercial corporation seeking political clout and possible government contracts, the stage is set for a merciless power grab and perhaps a chance at revenge.
 
The Kingmakers is set in the familiar world of skullduggery, backstabbing, one-upmanship, disloyalty, blackmail and   profiteering, otherwise known as South African politics. Our three heroes spend their days making sure the system works for no one except the lucky few or the ones who can afford to do as they please. But after years of working in the dark and the cold, financially speaking, they conspire to get something for themselves, whether it be gold or power. Preferably both.
 
"The Fugard Theatre exists to showcase the best of South African talent and it all begins with writers.  While we are committed to world class South African and International productions of existing plays and musical theatre, we are equally committed to encouraging new South African writing. Louis Viljoen is one of these new voices who the Fugard Theatre will nurture by appointing him our first playwright in residence. The playwright in residence programme provides the writer with a series of guaranteed commissions and production of his work on the Fugard Theatre Studio stage" Eric Abraham Founding producer and owner of the Fugard Theatre said.
 
The Kingmakers stars Pierre Malherbe (Sexual Perversity in Chicago), Rebecca Makin-Taylor (Last Rounds) and Brent Palmer (A Steady Rain).

Lighting design is by Benjamin du Plessis with Set Design by Greg Karvellas and Louis Viljoen and Costume Design by Lamees Albertus.

Tickets are now available through Computicket or the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 and range from R130 to R150 per ticket.
 
 Warning: The Kingmakers contains extremely strong language, strictly no under 16.
 

★★★★★ - Cape Argus
... truly top notch performances - The Next 48 Hours
... fascinating and lightning paced - Broadway World
... bitingly witty and paradigm-shattering - Live Music Guide (LMG)
★★★★★ - Cape Argus
... truly top notch performances - The Next 48 Hours
... fascinating and lightning paced - Broadway World
... bitingly witty and paradigm-shattering - Live Music Guide (LMG)

The Lady of the Camellias

The Lady of the Camellias
14 FEB 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    14 Feb 2016 - 14 Feb 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Svetlana ZakharovaMarguerite Gautier
    • Edvin RevazovArmand Duval
    • Anna TikhomirovaManon Lescaut
    • Semyon ChudinDes Grieux
    • Kristina KretovaPrudence Duvernoy
    • Mikhail LobukhinGaston Rieux
    • Anna AntropovaNanina
    • Andrei MerkurievMonsieur Duval
    • Daria KhokhlovaOlympia
    • Alexander FadeyechevThe Duke
  • Creative

    • Frédéric Chopin Music
    • John NeumeierChoreography

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Bolshoi Ballet.

A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful womanís heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life.

The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier's tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel and accompanied by Chopin's exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi's dancers can deliver.

"Neumeierís character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges" Financial Times.

The Legend of Love

The Legend of Love
23 NOV 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    23 Nov 2014 - 23 Nov 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours
  • Cast

    • The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Arif MelikoMusic
    • Nâzım HikmetLibretto
    • Yuri GrigorovichOriginal Choreography

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shyrin, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shyrin her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.

Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice
6 AUG 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    06 Aug 2017 - 06 Aug 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Jonathan PryceShylock
    • Daniel LapaineBassanio
    • Rachel PickupPortia
  • Creative

    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • Mike BrittonDesigner

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Globe Theatre.

Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, is forced to set her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more.

In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt to win the hand of Portia. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if they should fail, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

Double Olivier and Tony award winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance at Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

The Monteverdi Project Part 3

The Monteverdi Project Part 3
13, 20 & 27 OCT 2013
6PM | R130
  • Dates

    13 Oct 2013 - 27 Oct 2013
  • Time

    6PM
  • Price

    R130
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes

The Cape Consort`s third madrigal concert series at the Fugard Theatre is set during the last 24 hours before an imminent apocalypse. We accompany a young man as he urgently tries to tick off the items on his final to-do list. An old love-affair needs to be resolved, a current relation taken care of, matters of religion sorted, with also some shopping and partying fitted in. In juxtaposing sacred and secular works by Monteverdi and contemporaries from Italy, Germany and England, the group explores the blurred distinctions between the spiritual and the profane, the profound and the mundane, the sensible and the whimsical.

Presented in the same spirit as its highly popular predecessors, The Matrix of the Madrigal and Heart/Attack, the versatile group`s new programme once again promises stirring interpretations of exceptional but rarely performed Baroque repertoire, with high doses of creative flair, sensuality and mischief.

Five voices, period instruments, animated text projections - inspired interpretations of Baroque music in contemporary performances.

The Mother

The Mother
7 FEB – 4 MAR 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    07 Feb 2017 - 04 Mar 2017
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Anna-Mart van der Merwe
    • Graham Hopkins
    • Sven Ruygrok
    • Amy Louise Wilson
  • Creative

    • Florian ZellerWriter
    • Christopher HamptonTranslation
    • Janice HoneymanDirector
    • Birrie le RouxCostume, Set Design
    • Rocco PoolAssociate Set Designer
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Nicolaas van ReenenSound Design & Music Composition

Florian Zeller's The Mother (translated from French to English by Christopher Hampton) is set to have its South African premiere at the Fugard Studio from 7 February 2017 and will run until 4 March 2017.

An Eric Abraham and Fugard Theatre production The Mother will be directed by Janice Honeyman and features an all South African cast headed by Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Anne) with Graham Hopkins, Sven Ruygrok and Amy Louise Wilson.

Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne's world begins to twist around her. Has her favoured son Nicholas really returned to her? And what of the suspicious actions of her husband?

The premiere of The Mother follows a South African premiere run of its companion piece The Father in November 2016, directed by Greg Karvellas.

Age restriction: No Under 16. The Mother contains scenes with mature language and nudity.

★★★★★ Riveting to watch ... a cast who, without exception, deliver polished performances - Cape Argus
★★★★★ A powerful and disturbing theatre experience in equal measure - Die Burger
A superb piece of theatre ... four exceptional performances - Cape Times
A deeply poignant piece that should be seen by everyone - LitNet
What Van der Merwe achieves on the small stage of The Fugard Studio is powerful and tragic - Broadway World
Honeyman transcends herself with aching tale of a misspent life - 48 Hours
★★★★★ Riveting to watch ... a cast who, without exception, deliver polished performances - Cape Argus
★★★★★ A powerful and disturbing theatre experience in equal measure - Die Burger
A superb piece of theatre ... four exceptional performances - Cape Times
A deeply poignant piece that should be seen by everyone - LitNet
What Van der Merwe achieves on the small stage of The Fugard Studio is powerful and tragic - Broadway World
Honeyman transcends herself with aching tale of a misspent life - 48 Hours

The National Theatre Live Season 2013/2014

The National Theatre Live Season 2013/2014
FROM OCT 2013
SUNDAYS 11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    27 Oct 2013 - 06 Jul 2014
  • Time

    SUNDAYS 11AM
  • Price

    R100

From October 2013 the Fugard Theatre Bioscope is proud to present a range of broadcasts from the celebrated National Theatre of Great Britain via National Theatre Live screenings, beginning with an encore screening of the acclaimed West End production of The Audience, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren. National Theatre Live joins the Bioscope's highly anticipated, recently announced 2013 / 2014 World Opera and Ballet Season.

Together with presentations of the finest opera and ballet from around the globe, the Fugard Theatre Bioscope will now also screen a range of critically acclaimed live screenings from the National Theatre in full digital high-definition and surround-sound on a cinema screen, in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre.
 
The 2013/2014 Fugard Theatre Bioscope National Theatre Live screenings will take place on Sunday mornings at 11am.

 

2013 / 2014 Calendar

MONTHNATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

OCT 2013

THE AUDIENCE
With Helen Mirren
27 October 2013
NOV 2013 OTHELLO
With Adrian Lester, Rory Kinnear
10 November 2013
DEC 2013 MACBETH
With Kenneth Branagh
01 December 2013
  HAMLET
With Rory Kinnear
22 December 2013
FEB 2014 50 YEARS ON STAGE
With Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch and many others.
16 February 2014
APR 2014 CORIOLANUS
With Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss.
13 April 2014
JUN 2014 KING LEAR
With Simon Russell Beale. Directed by Sam Mendes
29 June 2014
JUL 2014 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME
Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.
6 July 2014

Download the full 2013/2014 schedule here

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
09 Dec 2012 - 16 Dec 2012
2 & 6PM | R50 - R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    09 Dec 2012 - 16 Dec 2012
  • Time

    2 & 6PM
  • Price

    R50 - R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cast

    • Miyako Yoshida The Sugar Plum Fairy
    • Ricardo CerveraHans-Peter/The Nutcracker
    • Steven McRae The Prince
    • Gary AvisHerr Drosselmeyer
    • Iohna LootsClara
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Music
    • Peter Wright after Lev IvanovChoreography
    • Koen Kessels Conductor
    • Julia Trevelyan OmanDesigns

From the very first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to The Nutcracker, a sense of mystery and magic pervades the theatre as Herr Drosselmeyer sets in train the events that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter, freed from the enchantment of the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara.

The Nutcracker unfolds over two glorious acts. For Act I it is Christmas Eve and we are brought to a party at which Drosselmeyer gives young Clara a nutcracker doll – beginning a night that includes a magically growing Christmas tree, a midnight battle of toy soldiers at which the Nutcracker defeats the villainous Mouse King and his army of mice, and a headlong pas de deux in which Clara and Hans Peter meet and celebrate their triumph before being enveloped in a magical snowstorm. Act II whisks the young pair off to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where they are entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy with her handsome Prince and her glittering court in a series of dazzling dances. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.

For the full World Opera and Ballet 2012/2013 Season schedule click here.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
12 JAN 2014
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    12 Jan 2014 -
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cast

    • Laura MoreraSugar Plum Fairy
    • Gary AvisHerr Drosselmeyer
    • Federico BonelliThe Prince
    • Emma MaguireClara
    • Alexander CampbellHans-Peter
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Illyich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Peter Wright after Lev IvanovChoreography
    • Tom SeligmanConductor
    • Julia Trevelyan OmanDesigns

Part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

From the very first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to The Nutcracker, a sense of mystery and magic pervades the theatre as Herr Drosselmeyer sets in train the events that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter, freed from the enchantment of the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara.

The Nutcracker unfolds over two glorious acts. For Act I it is Christmas Eve and we are brought to a party at which Drosselmeyer gives young Clara a nutcracker doll – beginning a night that includes a magically growing Christmas tree, a midnight battle of toy soldiers at which the Nutcracker defeats the villainous Mouse King and his army of mice, and a headlong pas de deux in which Clara and Hans Peter meet and celebrate their triumph before being enveloped in a magical snowstorm. Act II whisks the young pair off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy with her handsome Prince and her glittering court in a series of dazzling dances. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.

Tchaikovsky’s score contains some of the best-known melodies in ballet, from the flurrying sounds of the Waltz of the Snowflakes to the dream-like Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the vigorous Russian Dance. Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs draw upon 19th-century images of Christmas, making this a classic production for the festive season.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
01 FEB 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    01 Feb 2015 - 01 Feb 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Piotr TchaikovskyMusic
    • Yuri Grigorovich Libretto
    • Yuri Grigorovich Choreography

Please note: the Fugard Theatre’s scheduled screenings will not be affected by load-shedding.

From the Bolshoi Ballet. Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.

This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
20 DEC 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    20 Dec 2015 - 20 Dec 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cast

    • Denis RodkinThe Nutcracker Prince
    • Anna NikulinaMarie
    • Andrei MerkurievDrosselmeyer
    • Vitaly BiktimirovThe Mouse King
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Yuri GrigorovichChoreography
    • Yuri GrigorovichLibretto

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Bolshoi Ballet.

On Christmas Eve, Marie is given a wooden nutcracker as a gift. When the clock strikes midnight, the Nutcracker transforms into a prince and saves Marie from the Mouse King and his army.

This beloved holiday classic will enchant the whole family with its fairytale setting and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie.

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
23 AUG – 24 SEP 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R140 – R180
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    23 Aug 2016 - 24 Sep 2016
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R140 – R180
  • Duration

    2 hours, including 20 minute interval
  • Cast

    • Tshamano SebeNukain
    • Sne DladlaJonathan Sejake
    • Anna-Mart van der MerweElmarie Kleynhans
    • Likho MangoBokkie
    • Siya JantjieBokkie
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardWriter, director
    • Paula FourieCo-director
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

Athol Fugard's latest play, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, is set for its South African premiere at the Fugard Theatre.

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek.

Internationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2011, returns to the Fugard Theatre with his acclaimed new play, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, a story inspired by the life of a farm worker called Nukain Mabuza, a self-taught artist living in segregated pre-liberation South Africa. The play enjoyed a highly acclaimed debut season in New York in 2015, which was extended several times.

Ageing Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks on a koppie at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Aided by his young companion Bokkie, we now find Nukain confronting his last challenge — to paint the huge boulder at the summit. Yet before long, the landowner’s wife, Elmarie Kleynhans arrives and makes demands about the painting, laying bare the profound rifts of a country hurtling towards the end of apartheid. When Bokkie – now known as Jonathan Sejake – returns years later, it is to confront the legacy on Revolver Creek left to him as a young man trying to find his place in the new South Africa.

In his work, Fugard continues to explore the limits of human experience against the backdrop of the changing South African political reality. The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek is his latest effort to confront not only the past, but also the present.

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek features an all South Africa cast of highly acclaimed Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Begeerte, Binnelanders) who makes her Fugard Theatre debut, Tshamano Sebe (The Fugard Theatre’s Master Harold and the Boys) and Sne Dladla (The Fugard Theatre’s Orpheus in Africa, District Six – Kanala) who recently won the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his various roles in David Kramer's Orpheus in Africa. The production will be co-directed by Athol Fugard and Paula Fourie. The creative team includes critically acclaimed set designer Saul Radomsky (The Fugard Theatre’s The Shadow of the Hummingbird, District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa), costume designer Birrie Le Roux (The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story, The Blue Iris, Orpheus in Africa), lighting designer Mannie Manim, (The Fugard Theatre’s The Shadow of the Hummingbird, The Blue Iris) and sound design by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Orpheus in Africa).

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek runs at the Fugard Studio Theatre from 23 August 2016 for a limited season only that must close on 24 September 2016. Tickets ranging from R140 to R180 are available through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or Computicket and 08619158000. The usual excellent discounts are available to all registered Friends of the Fugard when booking through the Theatre’s box office.

a tender, ruminative play - New York Times
this deeply affecting play represents another highlight in Fugard's distinguished career - Hollywood Reporter
simply constructed yet highly affecting - Los Angeles Times
a tender, ruminative play - New York Times
this deeply affecting play represents another highlight in Fugard's distinguished career - Hollywood Reporter
simply constructed yet highly affecting - Los Angeles Times

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