by Athol Fugard
South Africa, New Year’s Eve 1989: a new country is about to born. Nelson Mandela is about to be released and Apartheid is about to come to an end. On a run down funfair somewhere in the wilderness known as the Karoo, two men confront each other, both fleeing from the demons of their past: a white soldier fresh from the brutalities of the Border War and a black nightwatchman with murder on his hands. As night draws in, neither can escape from what they have done, and struggle against the limitations of forgiveness.
Athol Fugard is South Africa’s greatest living dramatist (‘The voice of his nation’s conscience’ - The Spectator) whose plays have been performed and filmed all over the world. 'Playland' was the last play he wrote under Apartheid.
Elysium's goal is 'to bring the best of world theatre to the North'. After producing work from Northern Ireland, America and Sweden we are proud to present this beautiful work from South Africa that reunites Elysium actors Danny Solomon (‘Miss Julie’, ‘The River’) and Faz Singhateh, who last performed together for us in ‘Jesus Hopped The A Train’ in Durham and Manchester.
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
- Sound by Chris Neville-Smith
- Stage Management by Spike Easthope
- PR by Rusby Media