The Blue Iris


Athol Fugard’s brand new play The Blue Iris enjoyed its World Premier at the National Arts Festival before opening at the Fugard Theatre Studio on the 4th of July 2012 and then transferring to The Market Theatre.

This tender story revolves around the gradual disintegration of marriage through misunderstanding, neglect and disappointment, the reminiscences and regrets of a widower farmer Robert Hannay and the sadness of a secret deep in the heart of his loyal farm worker companion Rita. The piece finely examines the pain of missed opportunity and emotional misinterpretation, touching us all where we are most vulnerable. It is Fugard at his most honest, gentle and reflective.


First performance
28 June 2012

Final performance
7 October 2012

National Arts Festival
(28 June–30 June 2012)

The Fugard Studio
(4 July–4 August 2012)

The Market Theatre
(21 August–7 October 2012)


Robert Hannay         
Graham Weir

Rieta Plaasman 
Lee-Ann Van Rooi

Sally Hannay          
Claire Berlein


Ellinor Spears

Cheryl De Havilland

Stanilav Angelov

Creative team

Written by
Athol Fugard

Directed by
Janice Honeyman

Assistant Director
Pusetso Thibedi

Lighting Design
Mannie Manim

Set Design
Dicky Longhurst

Costume Design
Birrie Le Roux

Set Construction
Mark McKeown

Music Mix
Warrick Sony

Music Recording and Arrangement
Murray Anderson

Production team

General Manager     
Daniel Galloway

Production Manager
Greg Karvellas

Stage Manager
Michael Inglis

Patrick Bromilow- Downing

Allison Foat for Diva PR

Production photos