‘The Road’ production to grace PE opera stage

2017-07-26 06:01

THE play The Road, which recently had its world première at the PANSA Eastern Cape New Writing Festival, will be staged at the The Barn Theatre at the Port Elizabeth Opera House from today until Saturday.

Writer Robert Lourens said, “Although the play is set in 1987, the issues dealt with are as valid today as they were then – alcoholism, gender violence and the inhumane treatment of people.”

He explains that the play revolves around a mottled group of recovering alcoholics, a middle-aged coloured and white man, an older Afrikaans woman and a young Indian woman, on the road from Pretoria to Mbabatho, to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous convention.

Although travelling illegally together according to the then laws of the country, they find themselves drawn together by the common addiction of alcohol and their common ancestry as human beings.

“Imagine four vastly different opinionated people confined in a car on a long journey – what could go wrong?

“It is true that each of our circumstances may be different, but we are all in the same vehicle, on the same road headed for the same destination with the same needs and dreams – security, love, dignity and hope,” he said.

“We need to break down the barriers and talk to one another and we may find we have more in common than we thought,” Lourens said.

Although the play is set in and around Gauteng and the North West Provinces and speaks of the areas of Lady Selbourne and Eersterus, the play was born out of stories heard from the people of South End.

He further explained that the story brings to light the hurts endured during the apartheid years which reflect on their interactions with people.

“This is a journey through the lives of these four people, we are experiencing the hurts of the past, the reality of the present and the perceived ramifications of the future.

“This is their story, this is our story, and this is your story.”

The production will be performed at 7pm from today until Friday, and at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for R50 (students and pensioners for R20).

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