Nicholas Spagnolettiís memorable, multi-award winning London Road is returning to the Fugard Theatre from 22 November to 17 December 2011.
The production will run in the beautiful Fugard Theatre Studio. Directed by Lara Bye, starring Robyn Scott and Ntombi Makhutshi, London Road had its opening season at Kalk Bay Theatre in March 2010, and has since had multiple sell-out runs at theatres and festivals around the country. The production won the Golden Standard Bank Ovation Award for Theatre at the National Arts Festival in 2010 and garnered three Fleur du Cap awards in 2011, making a clean sweep of the major award categories; Robyn Scott received the Fleur for Best Performance by an Actress, while Ntombi Makhutshi received the Fleur for Best Supporting Actress. Nicholas Spagnoletti won the Fleur for Best New SA Script for his first scripted play.
London Road was also nominated for two Kanna awards in the categories of Best Director and Best Female Artist. On the surface the two characters, Stella and Rosa Kaplowitz, have nothing in common. Stella is a young Nigerian woman living in a damp, converted storage room. Long distant family, dodgy gangsters and a sense of survival makes her very mistrusting of the gestures of strangers. Rosa is an elderly Jewish widow living in a flat on the fifth floor. Her children and grandchildren live in Australia and Israel so she keeps herself occupied by becoming very involved in the business of her neighborhood. An act of violence brings these two ladies together, and a beautiful friendship results.
With London Road Lara Bye brings her trademark attention to detail, intelligent sophistication, a unique theatre style and staging to the production.