PLAYLAND
by Athol Fugard

"A rich examination of faith, morality and evil that men do... a fabulous example of why theatre is a powerful tool for change... a real theatrical treat."



- North East Theatre Guide

NORTHERN PREMIERE

South Africa, New Year’s Eve 1989: a new country is about to born. On a run down funfair somewhere in the wilderness two men confront each other, one white, one black, both with blood on their hands. As night draws in, each must face what they have done, and work out their lives through their own journey of truth and reconciliation.

QUEEN'S HALL ARTS CENTRE, HEXHAM
THE EXCHANGE, NORTH SHIELDS
CITY THEATRE, DURHAM
THE EMPTY SPACE, SALFORD
HULLABALOO SPACE, DARLINGTON

Cast and creatives
  • Danny Solomon as Gideon Le Roux
  • Faz Singhateh as Martinus Zoeloe
  • Graham Eaglesham as the voice of ‘Barking Barney’ Barkhuizen
  • Directed by Jake Murray
  • Designed by Louis Price
  • Lighting by Spike Easthope & Mark Turner
  • Sound by Chris Neville-Smith
  • Stage Management by Spike Easthope
  • Design assistance by Rachael Burgess
  • PR by Rusby Media (NE) & Rachel Furst (NW)
OUR REVIEWS

“Elysium Theatre Company have once again shown what high calibre work they can produce... sound direction from Jake Murray and powerful performances from both male leads ensure that this is a great piece of theatre.”

Live Art Live

"A powerful, immersive and poignant production: excellent theatre!"

- READ Durham English

"Playland is a play that everyone should see, and Elysium’s production has done the story justice.“

- First Night

"Faz Singhateh heads up a powerful opening before taking a stoic backseat to Danny Solomon’s colourful, boisterous lead. The pair balance each other beautifully... Don’t miss out on this intelligent and honest production."

- Harpy Magazine

"Both actors immerse themselves in their roles... Compelling from start to finish."

- Weekend Notes

"Riveting... A truly poignant and artful piece of theatre, one which I would highly recommend."

- The Mancunion

“Over the past few years, Elysium Theatre Company have become a force to be reckoned with. They are on the forefront of making high quality theatre for northern audiences. Having previously staged critically acclaimed productions of 'Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train' and 'Miss Julie', Elysium have built a reputation for producing complex plays that are profound, provocative and deliberately uncomfortable to watch. 'Playland' is no different.“

- The Play's The Thing