A Voice I Cannot Silence

A Voice I Cannot Silence



Winner of three Naledi Awards including Best Newcomer, Best Actor and Best New SA Script.

In A Voice I Cannot Silence, Alan Paton’s internationally recognised gifts for lyric verse, evocative prose, and vibrant story telling are combined to create a richly dramatic portrait and a moving and empathetic examination of the invaluable contribution made by the author of Cry, The Beloved Country, who was described by Douglas Livingstone as “a lighthouse in the South African twilight” during the dark decades leading up to the country’s constitutional democracy.

The play - sometimes satirical, often wryly amusing, redolent with Paton’s profound love of nature and the devout Anglicanism that sustained him - reveals a complex man who was haunted by the injustices of South African society as much as by the complexities of his own nature and whose entire existence and work was dedicated to equality, alleviation of human suffering, and to what he called “the grand theories of freedom and responsibility.”

The project was originally funded by the National Arts Festival where it was first performed in July 2015 and the South African State Theatre where it played in October 2015. It was the Independent Newspaper Flagship Production at the Hilton Arts Festival in 2015 and this year it has performed to great acclaim at the Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg and as part of the Playhouse Company’s New Stages Season in Durban.

Age restriction: PG13


I was gobsmacked by Ralph Lawson's extraordinary impersonation of this daunting man … a skilled distillation - Cue
The play is nothing short of a masterpiece … deeply incisive … so wisely made and performed with an intense and rich understanding … an important and beautiful reflection of one of South Africa's heroes. - My View
Lawson's towering presence gives the character its body and soul … has you in the palm of his hand … a consummate performer … a brilliantly written slice of theatre, impeccably directed by Greg Homann … Mortimer is excellent as Anne … highly recommended. - Next 48 Hours
The awesome power of Paton's words resonate … Lawson performs with an integrity that lends authenticity to the piece … theatre of this kind (is) so precious; it reminds us from where we come and what we should be striving for. - The Star

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    07 Jun 2016 - 02 Jul 2016
  • Time

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

    R120 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 25 minutes (no interval)

Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • Ralph LawsonAlan Paton
    • Clare MortimerAnne Hopkins
    • Menzi MkhwaneSponono
  • Creative

    • Greg HomannDirector
    • Ralph LawsonWriter
    • Greg HomannWriter
    • Nadya CohenSet Design
    • Michael BroderickLighting Design
    • Evan RobertsSoundscape