Master Harold and the Boys at the Fugard Theatre explores relationships and racial predjudice in South Africa in the 1950's. Produced by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, it opens in the Fugard Studio Theatre on 4 March 2013.
Master Harold …and the Boys, set in the St. George’s Park tea room in Port Elizabeth, tells the story of three friends - one a 17 year old white boy - and the other two the black servants he has grown up around. Their relationship is tested by societal and personal forces as the play devastatingly reveals how racial prejudice - especially legislated racial prejudice - insinuates itself into every social sphere of existence, until the very language of normal discourse starts to reflect the policy that makes black men subservient to the power exercised by white. The brilliance of Master Harold …and the Boys is that it does not deal with political issues, but with individuals and their struggles for life and happiness in a world manipulated to deny them their basic human rights.
The troubled teenager, Hally, is played by newcomer Alex Middlebrook, who himself is currently in Grade 11 and comes to the Fugard Theatre by kind agreement with Reddam House, Tokai. While he has been on stage several times before (Gilbert and Sullivan’s King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and Yeomen of the Guard) Master Harold …and the Boys marks his professional theatre debut.
Willie is played by UCT graduate Themba Mchunu (Door, Land of the Cranes) while Sam is played by the celebrated, veteran South African Actor Tshamano Sebe (Green Man Flashing, Jesus Hopped the A Train, District Six the Musical, The Piano Player, Stokvel, Generations). Sebe has previously played the character of Sam for which he won the Fleur du Cap Award for Best Actor in 1999.
Master Harold and the Boys is on at the Fugard Theatre from 4 to 30 March 2013 and ticketsrange from R130 – R150 per person.
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