Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s powerful and searingly topical play - Oleanna.
Starring award-winning actor and comedian Alan Committie (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Love Factually, Defending the Caveman) as John, opposite actress and TV star Nicole Fortuin (SABC 3’s RoerJouVoete, Generations – The Legacy, Swartwater, and Warner Bros’ A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits) as Carol,this hard-hitting two-hander will be presented in the Fugard Studio Theatre for a strictly limited season from 14 September 2018.
Oleanna is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s Resident Director Greg Karvellas (Shakespeare in Love, Significant Other, The Road to Mecca, The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, Champ).
In Oleanna, a female college student engages with her male professor in a heated discussion about his lesson content and teaching style. The relationship between a teacher and his student quickly turns into a fiendishly acute x-ray of the mechanisms of status, censorship, abuse and a charge of sexual harassment. It examines the explosive and relevant contemporary issues of the assumption of power, intellectual freedom and sexual politics against the background of academic, institutional and structural inequality.
This volatile drama will ignite discussion and debate. Did a crime take place? Is Carol’s eventual charge the only way of regaining power over John? Is the truth even relevant after such an accusation?
Set Design is by Chris Pienaar, Costume Design by Birrie le Roux and Lighting Design by Luke Ellenbogen.
Comments about international productions of the play have included Pulitzer Prize winning critic Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times noting, “Experiencing David Mamet's play Oleanna on the stage was one of the most stimulating experiences I've had in a theater.” Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter,who directed the London premiere production, commented, “There can be no tougher or more unflinching play than Oleanna,” and legendary theatre critic Frank Rich writing in The New York Times said “"Oleanna" is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year”.
"We are delighted to welcome Alan Committie, one of South Africa's most popular faces and versatile actors, back to the Fugard Theatre stage, starring opposite Nicole Fortuin, one of the country's most talented rising stars. Oleanna is a powerful and searingly topical play, that will no doubt stimulate discussion and debate," says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre.
Oleanna carries an age restriction of no under 16.
Oleanna will be presented in the Fugard Studio Theatre from 14 September for a limited season. It will be performed on Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee on Saturdays at 3pm. Sunday performances will be presented from Sunday 30 September at 3pm.
Tickets from R150 are available directly through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or online at www.thefugard.com. There is a 15% discount for Friends of the Fugard and a 10% discount for pensioners. These discounted tickets can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office.
Visit the cosy ground-floor bar for a before and after show drink and delicious snacks. If the weather plays along, enjoy the panoramic city views from the Fugard Theatre’s fantastic rooftop bar.
There is secure parking for a small fee directly opposite the Fugard Theatre in Harrington Square.
Please note: Oleanna carries an age restriction of 16 for mature content and violence. Themes and content of sexual harassment and violence against women are prevalent at certain times in the play. These could be triggering to some audience members. If you would like more information about the content of this production please contact us on
Please note: Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break or interval. Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.
The popular world music production Afrique mon désir, performed by Laurinda Hofmeyr and the Afrique mon désir Ensemble and directed by David Kramer, blew audiences away in Paris, Bordeaux, Poitiers and Angouleme and has now returned home for a three night only run at The Fugard Theatre on 18, 19, 20 October (8pm) with a matinee performance on Saturday 20 October (4pm).
Presented by the Cape Town Music Academy, this world class production debuted earlier in the year at the US Woordfees and Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), where it received nominations for Best Music Group and Best Music Production. The show performed to full houses and had audiences and reviewers raving. The album with the same title was then picked up by French music label, In Ouïe and released world-wide in May.
During its French Tour the production was embraced by the international media - Hofmeyr was invited to be a guest on the international news channel France 24’s prime time Eye on Africa show as well as the Parisian based TV Tele Sud’s Africa Hour show. A highlight was playing in the well-known New Mornings venue in the 10th arrondissement of Paris and having the established Bordeaux-based music critic, Bernard Jean, describe it as “the best album and stage production” he has seen in the last decade.
In Afrique mon désir, Hofmeyr, well known for setting poetry to music, combines exhilarating rhythms with mesmerising Francophone poetry from as far as Madagascar to Mauritania and Cameroon to Cape Town whilst exploring haunting themes of displacement and longing and a deep connection to the continent of Africa. Artist Diek Grobler’s animations brings the music to life and makes this an audio-visual feast.
Afrique mon désir is directed by David Kramer with musical direction by Schalk Joubert and features Laurinda Hofmeyr (vocals and piano), Dea Kinzunga-Walo (vocals), Barry Van Zyl (drums), Dylan Roman (piano), Chris Bakalanga (bass & vocals), Malako Wekuna Soba & Yamamoto Bonkuta Loyeke (vocals), Kayembe Ilunga (guitar) with animation by Diek Grobler and graphic stills by David Kramer.
Tickets ranging from R140 are available directly on The Fugard Theatre’s website www.thefugard.com or via The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554
There is secure parking diagonally opposite the theatre.
He was white. She was not. They broke the law to dance. Langarm, the latest musical created by the award-winning David Kramer, will be presented at the Fugard Theatre for the festive season from 20 November.
Produced and presented by Eric Abraham for the Fugard Theatre, Langarm is a story of love and intrigue set in the story-world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. With the threat of the new apartheid laws hanging over their heads, people will do almost anything to survive.
In 1965 when Dinah Levin is widowed, she invites her nephew Jeff whose fiancé has just dumped him to help her manage her late husband’s Canterbury Hotel. Here he meets the lovely, young ballroom dancer Angelina, and when she asks him to partner her in The Swaziland Ballroom Championships, he sees it as an opportunity to humiliate his ex. Aware that he’ll risk arrest by flouting the law, he throws caution to the wind and agrees.
Jeff decides to rejuvenate the hotel by offering langarm dances. When Eddie Jephta the leader of the Moonlight Serenaders langarm band comes to play at The Canterbury Hotel, Dinah has to confront the secrets of her past.
“I have been wanting for many years to do a musical inspired by the langarm-ballroom bands from this time,” says David Kramer. “I grew up watching my parents dancing to the music of these bands, and Langarm pays homage to the likes of the Johnny Lyners Blue Moon Jazz Band and Willie’s Starlite Orchestra.”
“We are proud to be collaborating on our fifth production with David Kramer following the success of District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa, Blood Brothers and Kat and the Kings,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre.
Langarm is written and directed by David Kramer. The stellar creative team includes Musical Arrangements by Resident Musical Director of the Fugard Theatre Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, King Kong, Funny Girl). Set Design is by Saul Radomsky (The Road to Mecca, Clybourne Park, District Six – Kanala), Lighting Design is by Gerda Kruger (The Music of Queen, Le Nozze di Figaro), Sound Design is by David Classen (Shakespeare In Love, Significant Other), Costume Design is by Widaad Albertus (Significant Other, The Demon Bride, The Eulogists) and Choreography is by Grant van Ster (Aunty Merle the Musical, Calling Us Home, Figure of Eight Dance Collective).
Creating the role of Jeff is Cameron Botha, who has delighted audiences in Fugard Theatre productions such as Funny Girl and West Side Story as well as others including Calling Us Home, Sweeney Todd and Dirty Dancing. Rushney Ferguson, also no stranger to The Fugard Theatre stage having performed in the hit musicals King Kong and District Six – Kanala, steps in to the role of Angelina. Kim Louis returns to the stage and plays hotel owner Dinah Levin. Langarm reunites Kim with David Kramer after nearly twenty years, when she performed in Kat and the Kings on Broadway.
Elton Landrew (Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story, David Kramer and Taliep Petersen's Kat and the Kings, District Six: The Musical [2002/3]) plays Eddie, Pierre Nelson (Poppekas, GodgOdgoD) plays Van der Byl and Julio Jantjies (West Side Story, Giselle) is Lulu. Also joining the cast are Nadine Suliaman (Rent the Musical, Footloose); Nathan Muller (The Full Monty, Hairspray), Byron Klassen (Dansmettieduiwels, Keeper of the Kum), Paxton Simons (Archives, Injabulo), Shaneé de Beer (Supadance, SA Latin Champion) and Junaide Abrahams (Cape Academy of Performing Arts, Synergy Dance Company).
Langarm will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 20 November from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 3pm. From Sunday 16 December, there will be an additional Sunday matinee at 3pm. There will be a Monday night performance at 8pm on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2018 also at 8pm. Tickets ranging from R150 to R260 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com. There is a 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members.