The Road to Mecca

The Road to Mecca
MUST CLOSE 19 MAY 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R230
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    27 Mar 2018 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R230
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
  • Cast

    • Sandra PrinslooMiss Helen
    • Marius WeyersReverend Marius
    • Emily ChildElsa Barlow
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production in honour of this iconic playwright’s 85th year. The play will open at the Fugard Theatre on 27 March 2018, on World Theatre Day, and run for a limited season.  

Sandra Prinsloo is Miss Helen (Moedertaal, Die Naaimasjien, So Ry Miss Daisy, Oskar en die Pienk Tannie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Miss Julie), Marius Weyers is Rev. Marius Byleveld (The Fugard’s The Father, Oom Wanja / Uncle Vanya, Hamlet, Twee Grade van Moord, The Gods Must Be Crazy) and Emily Child is Elsa Barlow (The Fugard’s The Eulogists, The Pervert Laura, The Father).

Direction will be by the Fugard Theatre’s Resident Director Greg Karvellas (The Fugard’s Shakespeare in Love,The Eulogists, Clybourne Park, The Father, Bad Jews). The production will be designed by Saul Radomsky (The Fugard’s Bad Jews, Clybourne Park, District Six – Kanala, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek) with lighting by Mannie Manim (The Fugard’s The Mother, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, The Blue Iris) and costumes by Birrie Le Roux (The Fugard’s West Side Story, District Six – Kanala, The Father, The Mother, Clybourne Park, King Kong). Sound design will be by the Fugard’s resident Musical Director Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Fugard’s King Kong, West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl).

Inspired by Helen Martins, who lived in Nieu-Bethesda and created the now-famous The Owl House – which is designated a provincial heritage site –The Road to Mecca is the story of a woman's desire for personal and artistic freedom within the narrow confines of a conservative and highly religious community in the Karoo in early seventies apartheid South Africa.
 
Athol Fugard wrote this play in 1984, creating the lead role of Miss Helen for the late South African theatre star Yvonne Bryceland.
 
Legendary theatre critic Frank Rich writing in The New York Times about The Road to Mecca, commented “Road to Mecca examines the core of artistry... Artists are driven to forge their version of the truth even when they have no hope of an audience, even when they must work with the most humble of materials in the middle of nowhere. Artists are dangerous because they won't deviate from that truth, no matter what pressure to conform is applied by the society around them, reminding us that the artistic conscience is inseparable from the moral conscience.”

Weyers and Prinsloo were last seen on the Fugard Theatre stage together in Wie’s bang vir Virginia Woolf?.

“We could think of no better way to mark Athol's 85th birthday year in South Africa than with the Fugard Theatre's first production of The Road to Mecca with an extraordinary South African cast –theatre icons Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers and the brilliant young Emily Child" says Eric Abraham - Founding Producer of the Fugard Theatre.

 “Athol Fugard has committed his career and life to restoring our sense of a common humanity. To masterfully pricking our consciences to the injustices of apartheid, inequality and the inadequacies of the new dispensation. His deeply rooted South African narratives resonate universally. A unique figure who was the first to create roles for all South Africans - especially for black actors. His narratives and indelible black characters profoundly changed the way millions of people world over viewed apartheid. Our theatre is proud to bear his name and strive to continue his legacy as a crucible of creativity and common humanity for all South Africans.”

Time Magazine regards Fugard as "the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world".

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. Many of his works have been turned into films with director Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, based on his 1980 short story of the same name won 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 Praemium Imperiale 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.

Please note: There will be no admission after the start of the performance.

★★★★ A tribute to the calibre of direction and acting - Cape Argus
★★★★ Die puntenerige perfeksie beindruk - Die Burger
Superbly executed...outstanding.. Saul Radomsky’s set is superb...one of the finest pieces of acting you will ever see - Cape Times
Brilliant. Emotionally riveting - John Maytham, Cape Talk
A complete masterclass in acting - Weekend Special
A theatrical experience of rare privilege which should not be missed - Terry Levin, Bizcommunity.com
★★★★ A tribute to the calibre of direction and acting - Cape Argus
★★★★ Die puntenerige perfeksie beindruk - Die Burger
Superbly executed...outstanding.. Saul Radomsky’s set is superb...one of the finest pieces of acting you will ever see - Cape Times
Brilliant. Emotionally riveting - John Maytham, Cape Talk
A complete masterclass in acting - Weekend Special
A theatrical experience of rare privilege which should not be missed - Terry Levin, Bizcommunity.com

The Demon Bride

The Demon Bride
FROM 8 MAY 2018
TUE – SAT 8 PM | R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Bianca FlandersAmelia
    • Sarah PotterJamie
    • Craig JacksonGary
    • Carel NelRaymond
    • Andrew RouxMr. Samael
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter, Director
    • James WebbSound Design
    • Rocco PoolSet Design
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Design
    • Benjamin du PlessisLighting Design
    • Sean WhiteheadAssociate Lighting Design

‘With this ring, I thee ... DEAD!’

Nominated for three WoordTROfees awards at this year's University of Stellenbosch (US) Woordfees, The Demon Bride will be unleashed on the Fugard Studio Theatre from 8 May.

Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production in association with US Woordfees. The Demon Bride is the latest play from multiple award-winning playwright and director Louis Viljoen, who is also the Fugard Theatre’s Writer in Residence.

The play was nominated for the WoordTROfees awards in the categories of Beste Akteur for Bianca Flanders as Amelia, Beste Woodrfeesdebuut and Best Tegniese Prestastie for the Sound Design by James Webb.

The Demon Bride is a gripping and hilarious comedy-horror that sees Viljoen taking an exciting new direction in a production that will make you shiver with delight!

"With this new play, Louis Viljoen (who wrote and directed) delivers a highly enjoyable, self-reflexive homage to the horror movie genre." commented Theatre Scene Cape Town.

The Demon Bride: it’s wedding season and the wine lands are abuzz with travellers who come to celebrate the nuptials of friends and family. But when the wedding party gets trapped in a haunted cabin in the middle of a dilapidated wine farm, a carefree weekend turns into a nightmare when the spirit of an ancient demon possesses a newlywed and wreaks havoc on her friends. The Demon Bride has one simple message: `With this ring I thee DEAD!’.

The production stars Craig Jackson (The Play That Goes Wrong, Black Sails, Blood Drive), Sarah Potter (The Pervert Laura,The Dark Tower, Shepherds and Butchers),Bianca Flanders (Shakespeare in Love, District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa), Carel Nel (Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey, Blood Drive, The Verbalists) and Andrew Roux (Shakespeare in Love, Wit, Macbeth).

Set Design is by Rocco Pool (The Father, The Eulogists), Lighting Design by Benjamin du Plessis (The Rocky Horror Show, Orpheus in Africa, Funny Girl [all with Daniel Galloway]) and Sean Whitehead (Black Dog/Inj’Emnyama [with Luke Ellenbogen], AFDA),  Costume Design by Widaad Albertus (The Eulogists, Associate Costume Designer King Kong) and Sound Design is by internationally acclaimed artist James Webb whose theatre credits include the Fugard Theatre productions of The Birdwatchers and Die Laaste Karretjiegraf, both of which won him Fleur du Cap Awards.

Viljoen’s first play as the Fugard’s Writer in Residence, The Eulogists, was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best New South African Script. Viljoen has won Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards (Best New South African Script) for Champ (2013) and The Kingmakers (2015). He was also the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

The Demon Bride is unlike anything we’ve ever seen on stage – a horror rom-com set in the winelands that is a thrilling theatrical sensory experience to scare and delight you,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “Louis is an exciting, provocative and visionary South African writer and with his venture into this new genre, he retains his hallmark flawed characters we both love and hate, which are sharply interwoven in to his utterly compelling storylines. We can’t wait for Fugard Theatre audiences to see this innovative, fresh and daring production. We are also delighted to be partnering for the first time with the US Woordfees”.

Louis Viljoen is a Cape Town based playwright and director. He has written and produced numerous plays including, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen, The Verbalists, Champ, Porno 88, The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, Oh Baby, I’m A Wild One, The Emissary and The Eulogists. He is one of the creators (along with playwrights Nicholas Spagnoletti and Jon Keevy) of the successful short-play initiative Anthology which has had four successful seasons at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre.

Please note: The Demon Bride has an age restriction of 18 and contains scenes with strong language, violence, prejudice and sex. Herbal cigarettes and strobe lighting are used throughout the performance.

The Demon Bride is both a gripping and hysterical horror-comedy production that has once again proven the ability of director, Louis Viljoen, to challenge audiences’ sensory experiences ... a theatrical experience that will both shock and delight you. - Stellenbosch Matie Media
A highly enjoyable, self-reflexive homage to the horror movie genre - Theatre Scene Cape Town
The Demon Bride is both a gripping and hysterical horror-comedy production that has once again proven the ability of director, Louis Viljoen, to challenge audiences’ sensory experiences ... a theatrical experience that will both shock and delight you. - Stellenbosch Matie Media
A highly enjoyable, self-reflexive homage to the horror movie genre - Theatre Scene Cape Town

Significant Other

Significant Other
FROM 30 MAY 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R140 – R250
The Fugard Theatre
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R140 – R250
  • Cast

    • Gabriel MeltzJordan
    • Dominique MaherKiki
    • Lesoko SeabeVanessa
    • Lucy TopsLaura
    • Michèle MaxwellHelene
    • Roberto KyleGideon, Evan, Rodger
    • Ryan de VilliersWill, Conrad, Tony
  • Creative

    • Joshua HarmonWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Wolf BritzSet Design, Lighting Design
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

The Fugard Theatre’s South African premiere of Joshua Harmon’s Broadway hit Significant Other.

From the writer of the West End smash hit comedy Bad Jews, which enjoyed sold out runs in Johannesburg and Cape Town, comes a Fugard Theatre production of Joshua Harmon’s Broadway success Significant Other.

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production and South African premiere of Significant Other. The play opens on 30 May in the Fugard Theatre and is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s resident director Greg Karvellas (The Road to Mecca, Shakespeare in Love, The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, CHAMP).

Jordan Berman is desperately looking for Mr Right… but he is getting it all wrong.

The New York Times hailed Significant Other as one of its Top Ten Productions of 2015, with critic Charles Isherwood commenting ‘an absolutely wonderful new play. Entirely delightful, richly funny and heart-stirring’.

Other high praise includes ‘…bittersweet comic delight…See it, and bring a date if you can. You’ll want a hand to hold’ (Time Out), ‘strikes the perfect balance between comedy and pathos — with the emphasis on comedy’ (Variety) and ‘hilarious and poignant, delivering a relatable contemporary take on the old-fashioned theme of waiting with increasing impatience for Mr. Right’ (Hollywood Reporter).

Significant Other follows Jordan and his three closest friends as they navigate love, friendship and New York in their twenty-something years. Jordan is single, and finding Mr. Right is much easier said than done. While surrounding himself with his close group of girlfriends, it comes to pass that the only thing harder than looking for love is supporting the loved ones around him as they pair off and embark on their journey of marriage.

The all South African cast features Gabriel Meltz (Murdering Agatha Christie, Somber Pines) as Jordan, Dominique Maher (The Rocky Horror Show, Pride and Prejudice) as Kiki, Lesoko Seabe (Clybourne Park, Siembamba) as Vanessa, Lucy Tops (Funny Girl, The Rocky Horror Show) as Laura, Michèle Maxwell (Cabaret, Present Laughter, Funny Girl) as Helene with Roberto Kyle (Aunty Merle the Musical, Knapsekêrels) and Ryan de Villiers (Measure Up, Outlander) completing the line-up.

Set Design and Lighting Design is by Wolf Britz (Die Seemeeu; Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?), Costume Design by Widaad Albertus (The Demon Bride, The Eulogists) and Sound Design is by the Fugard Theatre’s Resident Musical Director Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (King Kong, West Side Story).

“Joshua Harmon once again uses his razor sharp wit and eagled eyed observation to bring us another hilarious, poignant and sensitive story about something we can all relate to – the journey of finding love and how we react when our friends around us find it first,”says Daniel Galloway, the Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “We are proud to be presenting another South African premiere of this exceptional playwright’s work, brought to the stage by an all-South African cast and creative team.”

Media comments about the overseas production have included

‘Strikes the perfect balance between comedy and pathos — with the emphasis on comedy…the wonder of his humor is that, while it reflects a youthful sensibility, his clever jokes appeal to all ages.’- Marilyn Stasio, Variety

‘Hilarious and poignant, delivering a relatable contemporary take on the old-fashioned theme of waiting with increasing impatience for Mr. Right…From the tart comedy of the early scenes, peppered with smart one-liners, droll pop-culture references and savvy social observations, to the emotionally piercing later developments, Significant Other is consistently pleasurable, funny-sad entertainment that represents a strong follow-up for Harmon to his widely produced earlier hit, Bad Jews.’– David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

Significant Other is both a good night out — a show ideal for a Friday night with pals after a few drinks — and a quite sophisticated exploration of the complex and changing dynamic between gay men and the women who love them. A black comedy about a painful transition that hits many of us urbanites in our late 20s or early 30s and goes a long way toward explaining why weddings can be such fraught affairs for anyone stuck in a tux or matching crinoline– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Please note: Significant Other has an age restriction of 16.

An absolutely wonderful new play. Entirely delightful, richly funny and heart-stirring - New York Times
A bittersweet comic delight…See it, and bring a date if you can. You’ll want a hand to hold - Time Out
Significant Other is a slick, well-made, funny-sad new Broadway comedy - Newsday
The wonder of his humor is that, while it reflects a youthful sensibility, his clever jokes appeal to all ages - Variety
Hilarious and poignant, delivering a relatable contemporary take on the old-fashioned theme of waiting with increasing impatience for Mr. Right - Hollywood Reporter
An absolutely wonderful new play. Entirely delightful, richly funny and heart-stirring - New York Times
A bittersweet comic delight…See it, and bring a date if you can. You’ll want a hand to hold - Time Out
Significant Other is a slick, well-made, funny-sad new Broadway comedy - Newsday
The wonder of his humor is that, while it reflects a youthful sensibility, his clever jokes appeal to all ages - Variety
Hilarious and poignant, delivering a relatable contemporary take on the old-fashioned theme of waiting with increasing impatience for Mr. Right - Hollywood Reporter

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