The Bird Watchers

The Bird Watchers


The Bird Watchers, Athol Fugard’s latest world première was staged on the Fugard Theatre stage from 10 May to 4 June 2011. He dedicated his latest work to two defining friendships from his early years in theatre in South Africa, namely those with Barney Simon and Yvonne Bryceland. It celebrates the memorable hours we spent watching birds and talking in the shade of the umGwenya tree at my home in the Eastern Cape Although the characters in the play are a Playwright, a Director and an Actress, the work itself is entirely fictional," said Fugard, who is receiving a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in June.


The Fugard is fast developing as the prime theatre in Cape Town for new and exhilarating productions. On a practical note: the seats have been replaced and the comfort is greater. ... Go and see it, and pay homage to our greatest playwright. - Dirk Binneman
...a touchingly provocative journey into Fugard's cobwebs of wisdom... Fugard has mastered the art of seduction when it comes to captivating an audience ...To witness the profound, neatly crafted gymnastics of a mind like Fugard's as Garth searches for th - Sunday Times
.. Unmistakably Fugard... - Katy Chance - Business Day
Gaan heen en geniet dit - Izak Vertel
**** Met The Bird Watchers wys die dramaturg sy mensheid met dieselfde rou eerlikheid waarmee hy die god­verlate Suid-Afrikaanse same­lewing aan die kaak gestel het. Hy werk tersaaklik en intiem en laat sy groot spoor sagkens. - Laetitia Pople - Die Burger
***** .... Fiercly charismatic... - The Cape Argus
I have unreservedly enjoyed many of his works over the last number of years... The elegant second half of ‘The Bird Watchers’ is perhaps an indication that this master still has a few tricks up his sleeves. - The Next 48 Hours
From a strong and provoking script to its extraordinary performances, the production has the two elements of any strong piece of theatre- entertainment and challenge. - Cape Times
From the spirited opening of a sporting attack and playful bluff, to the haunted conclusion of absolved accession, Athol Fugard's masterful The Bird Watchers is a consummate theatrical experience at The Fugard Theatre... His insightful and introspective j - Daniel Derckson
Everything about this production screams "once in a lifetime". - Sunday Independant
Fugard, who is 79 years old has conquered the world. - Steve Kretzmann - City Press

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    10 May 2011 - 04 Jun 2011

Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • Dorothy Ann GouldFlamboyant Rosalyn
    • Sean TaylorPlaywright
    • Guy De LanceyThe gentle-mannered Lenny
  • Creative

    • Guy De LanceyDirector



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