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The Fugard Studio Theatre


Following an acclaimed premiere at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, a new production of Athol Fugard’s powerful classic - Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act comes to The Fugard Studio Theatre from 17 September for a limited season.

Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre in partnership with the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, this compelling new co-production opened to rapturous responses at the recent KKNK.

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the KKNK and Kunste Onbeperk, which presents the Festival, and that recently awarded Athol Fugard with its Kunste Onbeperk Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre.

Marlo Minnaar (7de Laan, Santa Gamka, Sara Se Geheim, Boland Moorde) is gripping as Errol Philander, with Liezl de Kock (Piet se Optelgoed, Crazy in Love, Pictures of You, African Gothic) equally captivating as Frieda Joubert.

Written in 1972, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act is set in apartheid South Africa, where relationships across the colour bar were a criminal offence. Two lovers – a coloured man and white woman meet secretly in the library where the woman works to make love and share their hopes and fears. A neighbour reports them to the police who secretly photograph them from the informant's backyard and eventually break in and arrest the couple under the inhuman and universally pilloried Immorality Act. The play is a compelling and deeply moving love story in which the physically and emotionally naked lovers expose not only their bodies but also their deepest longings for personal and emotional freedom.

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act is written by Athol Fugard and directed by Greg Karvellas. Set Design and Lighting Design is by Wolf Britz, Soundscape is by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Sound Design is by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and David Classen.

“It was an honour to bring this classic play to life as part of the KKNK’s 25th birthday celebrations” says Daniel Galloway, Managing Director of The Fugard Theatre. “We thank Hugo Theart and his team for their vision, professionalism and creative excellence in partnering with us on this production. We can’t wait to present it to our Cape Town audiences.”

Athol Fugard was born in 1932 in Middelburg in the Karoo. An internationally acclaimed playwright director and occasional actor, for over half a century he has written almost forty soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the inhumanity of apartheid. His plays champion truth and a fundamental universal humanity. In 2011 he received the ultimate recognition from the world’s most prestigious theatre community - a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. He is also the author of four books and several screenplays. His plays include Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Master Harold and the Boys, The Train Driver, The Blue Iris and The Shadow of the Hummingbird. A number of his works have been turned into films with director Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, based on his 1980 short story of the same name winning the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - South Africa's first Academy award in this category. Athol’s work spans the period of apartheid in South Africa, through the first democratic elections, to Nelson Mandela’s presidency and into present-day, post-apartheid South Africa.

The recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and awards, Athol was awarded the prestigious PraemiumImperiale global arts prize for Theatre/Film by the Japan Art Association in 2014. One of the most performed playwrights in the world, he continues to direct and write plays. He shares his life with his wife the writer and academic Paula Fourie and their dog Jakkals.

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act will be performed in The Fugard Studio Theatre from 17 September on Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a Saturday matinee at 3pm.

Tickets from R160 to R220 can be booked through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website at

There is a 20% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members for certain performances and seating. These discounted tickets can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office. Are you not yet a Friends of the Fugard member? Sign up now at the box office or online for priority booking and great specials!

Please note:
1) There is an age advisory of 16 years (there is full nudity throughout).
2) Latecomers will not be admitted after the start of the performance.
3) There are loud sound effects within the performance.
4) Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.
5) This production is presented in English.


★★★★★ Riveting and unnerving. Minnaar and de Kock give the performance of their lives - Theatre Scene Cape Town
This production is yet another proof of the power of Fugard. - Bizcommunity
Two beautiful, brave and very sensitive performances by Liezl de Kock and Marlo Minnaar - Marina Griebenow, Cape Talk
What an extraordinary piece of theatre is Statements at The Fugard. Still hitting nerves after close on 50 years. Lest we forget. Don't miss it. - Nancy Richards
Daar is soveel skoonheid in die dialoog en soveel stof tot nadenke dat dit geen wonder is dat dit die toets van die tyd weerstaan het nie - Mariana Malan, Skrop

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    17 Sep 2019 -
  • Time

    Wed – Fri 8pm | Sat 3 & 8pm
  • Price

    R160 - R220
  • Duration

    1 hour 5 minutes with no interval
  • Language


Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • Marlo MinnaarErrol Philander
    • Liezl de KockFrieda Joubert
    • André OdendaalVoice of the Detective
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Wolf BritzSet Design, Lighting Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSoundscape, Sound Design
    • David ClassenSound Design



Friends of The Fugard

As a Friend of The Fugard you are eligible for great discounts on each of our current and upcoming productions. These discounts are exclusively available from our box office on 021 461 4554 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Each registered Friends of The Fugard member will receive their first 2 tickets discounted, on the usual applicable performance days and seating categories when booking through the box office. Thereafter the member’s guests will pay the full price (or other category discount, if applicable) on additional seats as required.

One member per discount. Multiple kinds of discounts do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.