Athol Fugard’s Playland, translated into Afrikaans by Saartjie Botha and directed by Albert Maritz, opened in the Studio Theatre on the 23rd of January 2014. The production starred Albert Pretorius and Mbulelo Grootboom and was performed in Afrikaans with English surtitles.

It is New Year’s Eve in 1990 when Gideon le Roux, a slightly drunk ex-national serviceman, meets Martinus Zoeloe at a fairground in the country. Martinus is the security guard at the fair and an ex-Swapo fighter. His dark secrets were securely locked away, or at least this is what he thought. Playland was presented by The Fugard In association with the Suidoostefees.


First performance
23 January 2014

Final performance
15 February 2014

The Fugard Studio


Gideon Le Roux
Albert Pretorius

Marthinus Zoeloe
Mbulelo Grootboom

Voice of Barney
Koos Marais

Creative team

Athol Fugard

Albert Maritz

Saartjie Botha

Set and Lighting
Albert Maritz

Set Construction & Detailing
Koos Marais
Gaerin Hauptfleish

Costume Design
Koos Marais

Production team

Production Manager
Johann Kupferburger

Stage Manager
Gaerin Hauptfleish

Surtitle Operator
Shayna Gleave


“Pretorius shines in Fugard two-hander”

Cape Argus

“Every South African should see this play”

Monday Missile

“Pretorius se spel laat ‘n mens sprakeloos. Earlike toneelspel en treffende inhoud