Fugard at his best with rarely seen Playland

Playland by Athol Fugard (L-R) Ben Cutler and David Carr
Playland by Athol Fugard (L-R) Ben Cutler and David Carr
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East Midlands leading touring company New Perspectives comes to the Stahl Theatre, Oundle, with a rare revival of Athol Fugard’s powerful drama Playland on Tuesday (Feb 24).

Athol Fugard is one of the world’s most prolific and oft-performed living playwrights, and a fearless chronicler of the severe discrimination under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

A pioneer of the country’s protest theatre, he was the first South African Playwright to make theatre with black actors about the direct experiences of racial segregation, placing his own life at risk to do so.

Post-apartheid, Fugard continues to write about its lasting effects, through the personal stories of his characters, as we see in Playland.

We witness an encounter between

two strangers, bound to each other only by place and time. This place is a travelling amusement park in rural South Africa, and the time is New Year’s Eve, 1989. In a time when the future has never seemed more hopeful and the past difficult to absolve, we see a confrontation charged with history and danger as they share their own personal hells in a bid to lay ghosts to rest.

This extraordinary drama shows a route for forgiveness and reconciliation that translates to situations the world over.

For tickets contact the theatre on 01832 273930 or go online www.stahltheatre.co.uk