What We Wish For

  • Suspended until further notice

Presented by Eric Abraham in association with Simon Cooper. Commissioned by The Fugard Theatre as part of its New Writing Initiative.

Please note: Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Sunday 15 March, we have decided to suspend operations at The Fugard Theatre with immediate effect, as of Monday 16 March 2020, until further notice due to the acceleration of the COVID-19 virus over the weekend. The health and well-being of our audiences, actors and The Fugard staff remain our foremost concern. All patrons will be contacted by The Fugard Theatre box office to arrange a full refund for seats booked. For any enquiries, please email [email protected]. Details around new dates and rescheduling of our suspended productions will be communicated through our website, social media and database in due course.

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Beverley Jackman is the highly-regarded principal at a private girls’ high school. Her husband, Adrian, is an academic who teaches at the University of Cape Town. Their perfect nuclear family includes Gina, their daughter who works as a doctor in Malawi, and their son Josh, who’s in the process of completing his master’s degree.

Then, one day, tragedy strikes. A serious car accident puts one of the family in a coma.

Should there be a recovery, there is a good chance that the family member will live and spend the rest of their lives in a vegetative state.

What We Wish For juxtaposes the sanctity of life against the dignity of life and explores some of the moral and social questions related to these in this family drama.

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

Mike van Graan
Writer

Amy Jephta
Director

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