Set in Athol Fugard’s beloved Karoo, The Blue Iris is a tender story that revolves around the gradual disintegration of a marriage through misunderstanding, neglect and disappointment as told in the reminiscences and regrets of widower farmer Robert Hannay and the heart-wrenching sadness of his loyal farm worker and wife’s companion - Rieta. The Blue Iris dissects the pain of missed opportunity and emotional disconnection touching us all to the core. It is Athol Fugard at his most honest, gentle and introspective – a must see for all lovers of Fugard’s work.
The play features Claire Berlein as Sally, Graham Weir as Robert and Lee-Ann van Rooi as Rieta. Lee-Ann makes her Fugard Theatre debut while Graham (Athol Fugard’s Die Kaptein se Tier) and Claire (Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass) re-join Honeyman at the Fugard. Pusetso Tshibedi is the Assistant Director, with lighting design by Mannie Manim, set design by Dicky Longhurst and costume design by Birrie le Roux. The soundscapes are by Warrick Sony and Murray Anderson.
The Blue Iris which will preview from Wednesday 4th July and open on Saturday 7th July 2012 for a limited season, until 28th July 2012. The play is produced by Eric Abraham, the Founding Producer of the Fugard Theatre, in association with Mannie Manim, and The National Arts Festival.
Tickets range from R110.00 to R140.00 via Computicket or the Fugard Theatre Box Office on 021 461 4554. The Blue Iris transfers to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg in August.