The award-winning production of Tony Jackman’s ‘An Audience With Miss Hobhouse’ comes to Cape Town’s intimate The Rosebank Theatre for a four-week run from Wednesday August 21 to Sunday September 14 at 8 pm.
The production, which won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July 2013 and which garnered Lynita Crofford a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nomination in February, is a one-hander which sees Crofford stepping into the shoes of Emily Hobhouse and a Boer woman, Tant’ Alie.
Hobhouse achieved fame in South Africa and stirred the ire of her own British people by bringing to their attention the dire conditions in which the British were treating Boer prisoners of war – mainly women and children – in concentration camps in South Africa during the Boer War of 1899-1902.
The play has been described as “a jewel” (Die Burger), while Cue newspaper in Grahamstown wrote that Hobhouse “gives her audience a harrowing description of the atrocities endured by Afrikaans women and children… using masterful juxtapositions of English and Boere perspectives, the production encapsulates the anguish created by Britain’s imperial war”.
Marina Griebenow on 567 Cape Talk radio said, “This is not a history lesson. Rather, Jackman and Crofford breathe life into some very real characters and through them allow the audience some insight into a period fraught with many of the same tensions we’re experiencing today. Be sure to see this.”
The Rosebank Theatre is the newest venture from veteran theatre personality Nicholas Ellenbogen. It’s a cosy 40-seater in the suburb after which it is named, and an ideal venue for such an intimate production.
* Tickets are R100. Book at www.webtickets.co.za.
For more information, call 072 316 6133.
The theatre is situated on 16 Alma Road, Rosebank.