Complex relationships

2009-07-28 00:00

ATHOL Fugard’s Master Harold … and the Boys can be seen at the Catalina Theatre in Durban from July 30 until August 16.

Directed by DHS’s Shaun Gray, this seminal drama about the complex relationship between a young white teenager and his two older black servants/companions, is designed primarily as a study aid for high school pupils.

All the action in this one-act play takes place inside the St George’s Park Tea Room in 1950 Port Elizabeth (the year apartheid was enforced) on a rainy and windy afternoon.

A profound and personal story, Master Harold echoes Fugard’s Eastern Cape boyhood and reflects on a particularly painful incident from that time.

Matthew Venturas plays Master Harold (Hally), a youthful Eastern Cape teenager, who spends most afternoons with the perceptive and wise Sam (Thabani Sibiya) and the more submissive, less sophisticated Willie (Loyiso MacDonald) — two middle-aged male servants who work in his family’s tea room. The play examines the complex relationship between the two men and the young boy.

Tickets are R65 (R50 concessions, pupils’ group booking R40 per person). Shows are 11 am weekdays for school groups and public performances are Thursday and Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 5 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm and 6 pm.

To book, phone Thandeka at 031 305 6889 or visit www.tick or www.catalinathea

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