The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea



From Contagious Theatre, the creators of The Snow Goose, comes an adaptation of Hemingway’s classic, The Old Man and the Sea.

Santiago is an old fisherman who hasn’t brought in a catch for 84 days. While the villagers pass judgments on his past and his future, the old man heads far out into the Gulf of Mexico where he hooks a giant marlin. And so begins his epic battle.

Working within and around the themes of life, death, brotherhood and the struggle for existence, this imaginative adaptation gives this classic text a modern twist for the contemporary audience. Using chorus, mask, physical performance, an innovative set and epic sound design, this is a delightfully theatrical re-imagining of Hemingway’s classic tale.

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 company employs its signature vocabulary of mask-work and puppetry to dazzlingly effect in bringing Hemingway’s award winning story live on stage. - The Cape Robyn, Robyn Cohen
An intimate, imaginative, compact adaptation of a classic tale with subtle humour and heart. - Theatre Scene Cape Town
Those who were delighted by Contagious Theatre’s adaptation of The Snow Goose will be even more impressed with this bewitching take on the Ernest Hemingway masterpiece. - Beverley Brommert
Everyone involved is professional through and through. They are theatremakers of high order and their performance is impeccable. - The Critter
Collocott’s set is mesmerising. As are the trio of actors, each with their own particular presence. Stunning. - Weekend Special
This imaginative adaptation captures the themes of brotherhood, life, death and the daily struggle for existence so well, and adapts it to a contemporary audience. - Cape Town Etc
There’s some song, some chitchat, some philosophy and a great deal of heart in a show that’s sweet and funny and riddled with humour. I was completely hooked. - Lesley Stones
The production impressed me as much as The Snow Goose. - Caroline Smart
All round Collocott creates a charming and tender work which is both easy to watch and easy to love. - Moira De Swart
One of this country’s most exciting repertory theatre groups, under the pens of Nick Warren and Jenine Collocott have created a gem of a work that will make you laugh and cry, sailing gloriously and with great skill on the coattails of Hemingway’s Old Man - Robyn Sassen

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    30 Jul 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
  • Time

    Tue – Fri 8pm | Sat 3 & 8pm
  • Price

    R140 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 5 minutes with no interval

Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • James Cairns
    • Taryn Bennett
    • Jaques de Silva
  • Creative

    • Ernest HemingwayWriter
    • Nick WarrenAdaptation
    • Jenine CollocottDirection, design
    • Sue GrealyOriginal music
    • Alida van DeventerOld Man puppet
    • Jenine CollocottMasks


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