Hold Still

  • From 16 June 2020
  • Tue – Fri 8pm | Sat 3 & 8pm
  • The Fugard Studio
  • R160 – R230
  • English

Presented by Eric Abraham in association with Simon Cooper. Part of The Fugard Theatre’s New Writing Initiative.

London, July, a summer’s evening in the near future: it’s the apex of a heat wave and Oliver and Imran have shut themselves in Oliver’s bedroom.

Imran stations himself at the window, plucking at the shut curtains, edgy, on high alert.

We learn that this is no ordinary night or friendship; Imran is not British but a refugee whose asylum is about to run out.

When Oliver’s parents, Rosa (the daughter of South African political exiles) and James (the son of a World War 2 Jewish refugee), arrive home and realise that their son is breaking the law, a bitter argument erupts between the four of them about citizenship, love, family, history and what we owe each other. As the long night unfolds, Rosa and James grapple with what this reveals about their marriage, their combined legacies of familial trauma and displacement, and finally, about what to do: give this child up to the authorities, knowing that his return home could mean his death, or break the law, at risk to themselves, and help him hide?

Commissioned by The Fugard Theatre as part of its New Writing Initiative.

Nadia Davids

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