Master Harold…and the boys @ The Fugard

By philip
20 March 2013

Produced by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, Athol Fugard’s masterpiece opened in the Fugard Studio Theatre on the 4th March 2013 to critical acclaim.

Classic play comes ‘home’ – Cape Times

sensational … astounding … brilliant –

Trio se skitterspel laat Fugard-stuk herleef – Die Burger

Dynamic, poignant coming of age story – Cape Argus

…touches the hearts of a new generation –

Set in the St. George’s Park tea room in Port Elizabeth on a dreary, wet afternoon in 1950, Master Harold … and the Boys tells the story of three friends, one a 17 year old white boy and the other two the black servants he has grown up around, whose relationship is put to the test by societal and personal forces. The play devastatingly reveals how racial prejudice, especially legislated racial prejudice, insinuates itself into every social sphere of existence, until the very language of ordinary human discourse begins to reflect the policy that makes black men subservient to the power exercised by white men. As with all of Athol Fugard’s work, the brilliance of Master Harold … and the Boys lies in that it deals not with political issues, but with individuals, and their struggles for life and happiness in a world that is set up to deny them these basic human rights.

Directed by Kim Kerfoot (Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act) and designed by Julia Anastasopoulos (Champ) Master Harold … and the Boys will enjoy a limited engagement in the intimate Fugard Studio Theatre until 30 March.