A Voice I Cannot Silence


A Voice I Cannot Silence, by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson, was performed at the Fugard Studio Theatre from the 7th to 25th June 2016 and was nominated for 8 Naledi Awards, including Best Director, Best Lead Performance, and Best New SA Script.

In A Voice I Cannot Silence, Alan Paton’s internationally recognised gifts for lyric verse, evocative prose, and vibrant storytelling are combined to create a richly dramatic portrait and a moving and empathetic examination of the invaluable contribution made by the author of Cry, The Beloved Country, who was described by Douglas Livingstone as “a lighthouse in the South African twilight” during the dark decades leading up to the country’s constitutional democracy.


First performance
7 June 2016

Final performance
2 July 2016

The Fugard Studio


Alan Paton
Ralph Lawson

Anne Hopkin
Clare Mortimer

Menzi Mkhwane

Creative team

Directed by
Greg Homann

Written by
Greg Homann
Ralph Lawson

Set Design
Nadya Cohen

Lighting Design
Michael Broderick

Evan Roberts

Anthony Stonier
Val Adamson

Production team

Sue Clarence

Stage manager
Megan Levy

Stage manager (The Fugard Theatre). Shayna Gleave


“A lyrical, poetic script that serves as a reminder of the man’s mastery of language.”

Financial Mail

“lump in the throat moments…. The script is peppered with wit and irony, intelligence…beautiful…Paton would be proud”


“The awesome power of Paton’s words resonate … Lawson performs with an integrity that lends authenticity to the piece … theatre of this kind (is) so precious; it reminds us from where we come and what we should be striving for.”

The Star

““I was gobsmacked by Ralph Lawson’s extraordinary impersonation of this daunting man … a skilled distillation.”


“Lawson’s towering presence gives the character its body and soul … has you in the palm of his hand … a consummate performer … a brilliantly written slice of theatre, impeccably directed by Greg Homann … Mortimer is excellent as Anne … highly recommended.”

48 Hours

Production photos