Drama about life of famed Alan Paton on at the Fugard

2016-05-26 06:00
The life of Alan Paton is remembered in his own words in A Voice I Cannot Silence.

The life of Alan Paton is remembered in his own words in A Voice I Cannot Silence.

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A Voice I Cannot Silence is a stage play based on the life of famed author and political activist Alan Paton.

It will have its premiere at the Fugard Theatre Studio from June 7 to June 25.

It has already won three Naledi Awards since its inception.

Written and directed by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson, the piece is an empathetic personal examination of the life of South African author and anti-apartheid activist Alan Paton through his own words, stories, poems, and autobiographies.

It highlights the invaluable contribution made by the author of Cry, the Beloved Country who was, in the words of Douglas Livingstone, a “lighthouse in the South African twilight” during the dark decades leading up to the country’s constitutional democracy. Paton’s internationally recognised gifts of lyric verse, evocative prose, and vibrant story telling are combined to create a richly dramatic portrait.

The play focuses on the various watersheds in the author’s life – his years as principal of Diepkloof Reformatory, the “toughest black borstal in the southern hemisphere”; his position as president of the Liberal Party that led to harassment; his indomitable belief in and daunting struggle for human rights; and the complexities of his personal relationships.

Sometimes satirical, often wryly amusing, redolent with Paton’s profound love of nature and the devout Anglicanism that sustained him, A Voice I Cannot Silence reveals a complex man who was haunted by the injustices of South African society.

The creative team includes Ralph Lawson as Paton; Clare Mortimer as his secretary Anne Hopkins and Menzi Mkhwane as the young man Sponono.

Set design is by Nadya Cohen; lighting design by Michael Broderick and soundscape by Evan Roberts.

A Voice I Cannot Silence will run at The Fugard Theatre Studio at 20:00 Tuesdays to Saturdays with 16:00 matinee shows on Saturdays. Tickets are available from Computicket or the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.

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