The Road to Mecca


In honour of Athol Fugard’s 85th birthday, the Fugard presented an 8-week season of The Road To Mecca on its main stage starring Sandra Prinsloo, Emily Child and Marius Weyers. Inspired by Helen Martins, who lived in Nieu-Bethesda and created the now-famous The Owl House – which is designated a provincial heritage site – The Road to Mecca is the story of a woman’s desire for personal and artistic freedom within the narrow confines of a conservative and highly religious community in the Karoo in early seventies apartheid South Africa.


First performance
27 March 2018

Final performance
18 May 2018

Main Theatre


Sandra Prinsloo
Miss Helen

Marius Weyers
Reverend Marius

Emily Child
Elsa Barlow

Creative team

Eric Abraham

Daniel Galloway

Associate Producer
Lamees Albertus

Junior Associate Producer
Georgia Lahusen

Athol Fugard

Greg Karvellas

Set Design
Saul Radomsky

Lighting Design
Mannie Manim

Costume Design
Birrie Le Roux

Sound Design, Original Composition
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder

Sound Systems Design
David Classen

Associate Set Design
Chris Pienaar

Wardrobe Supervisor
Widaad Albertus

Production team

Production Manager
Roberto Grové

Technical Manager, Lighting Programmer
Benjamin du Plessis

Assistant Production Manager
Sean Whitehead

Stage Manager
Ulibo Maake

Assistant Stage Manager
Angelo Petersen

Sound Operator
Justin Barends

Clynt Hlubi
Achmat Khroodien
Dominique Adams

Set Construction
Gerhard Morkel
Carl Gersbach For CHG Engineering

Scenic Painting, Sculptures
Adriaan van der Westhuizen

For Fabrication Station
Siyabulela Gocini

Sound Supplier
Eastern Acoustics

Daniel Rutland Manners

Christine Skinner


“Emotional and mental marathon”

Cape Argus

“..a gripping tale grounded in the truth and features two of the country’s best actors as well as a third who has distinguished herself with excellent work on stage. Add to that an astounding set and success is printed in bold letters.”

Cape Argus

“It is everything that it needs to be; beautiful, painful, magnificent, achingly sad and a glittering reflection back to us of aging, loss, purpose, place and love.”

Weekend Special

“This is one of the finest pieces of acting you will ever see – top marks and more than highly recommended.”

Cape Times

“Something truly special.”

Theatre Scene Cape Town

Production photos