West End & Broadway sensation hits The Fugard
The Tony and Olivier award-winning Broadway and West End hit, Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, had its South African premiere at The Fugard Studio Theatre earlier this week, with the run scheduled to last until December 3.
An Eric Abraham and Fugard Theatre production, ‘The Father’ is directed by Greg Karvellas (‘Clybourne Park’, ‘Bad Jews’, ‘CHAMP’) and features an all South African cast headed by acting legend Marius Weyers.
The powerhouse cast is rounded out by Anthea Thompson (‘Shirley Valentine’), Emily Child (‘The Pervert Laura’), Brent Palmer (‘A Steady Rain’), Nicholas Pauling (‘Epstein’) and Amy Louise Wilson (‘The Year of the Bicycle’).
Winner of the 2015 “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play” Tony Award, ‘The Father’ also scooped top British and French Olivier and Moliere Awards. It received an array of five star reviews, including from The London Guardian, The London Times and The London Telegraph.
‘The Father’ peers inside the mind of Andre, a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?
“Dementia is a disease that many can relate to,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of The Fugard Theatre. “‘The Father’ is a very poignant exploration of the frailty of the human mind.”
Book at Computicket, or by calling the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.
Travesty and hope in the face of addiction
Milton Schorr’s ‘The Heroin Diaries’, the winner of the 2016 Imbewu Scribe Playwriting Competition, can currently be seen at the Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre in Strand Street, Cape Town CBD. Performances are at 9pm nightly, with the run concluding on Saturday, November 26.
Craig (Schorr) is a heroin dealer. At 34 he’s been a using drug addict for 20 years and finally his lifestyle is catching up to him. He is planning to check out quietly, the way he always knew he would, by overdose. But when young Leila (Melissa Haiden) arrives at his flat searching for her own oblivion, he is given one last chance to question the life he’s lead thus far, and perhaps to choose a different ending. “As an 18 year old I had an affair with heroin. It didn’t last long, it was a phase in all of the other drug phases I went through, from the age of 14 to 25. ‘The Heroin Diaries’ is a play about the people I met during that time, the shadows of those I remember, both living and dead,” writes Schorr about the genesis of the play.
‘The Heroin Diaries’ is directed by Fred Abrahamse, who wowed audiences with his adaptations of the Tennessee Williams’s ‘The Hotel Plays’ at The Vineyard Hotel in August.
For bookings, visit alexanderbar.co.za.