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The Blue Iris

21 Aug 2012 - 07 Oct 2012

Venue: Laager Theatre
Age Restriction: 6

The Market Theatre and the Fugard Theatre,
in association with Mannie Manim,
presents Athol Fugard’s
The Blue Iris


First premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown
Directed by Janice Honeyman

NOW TILL 07 October 2012

“We should be going into people’s lives, their souls, their ways of life. Everything I have written is an attempt to share secrets with you…” – Athol Fugard, 2012.

After a sell-out world première at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this year, Athol Fugard’s The Blue Iris went on to play to great acclaim at the Fugard Studio Theatre.

Athol Fugard’s latest play – which continues the recent series of plays that look back on Fugard’s experience of living in the Karoo – is intended to celebrate South Africa’s most famous playwright’s eightieth birthday. Set in Athol Fugard’s beloved Karoo, this tender story revolves around the gradual disintegration of a marriage through misunderstanding, neglect and disappointment. It is told through the reminiscences and regrets of widower farmer Robert Hannay and his loyal farm worker and wife’s companion, Rieta. The Blue Iris dissects the pain of missed opportunity and emotional disconnection. It is Fugard at his most honest and introspective.

The Blue Iris is directed by veteran Janice Honeyman and features acclaimed performers Claire Berlein, Graham Weir and Lee-Ann van Rooi.

What the critics have said:

“Spell-binding story… ” - Stein Du Toit, Cape Times

“The Blue Iris is a consummate masterwork… a must-see play…” - Daniel Dereksen, Bizcommunity

“Fugard triumphs!”; “Vintage Fugard”; “Achingly beautiful piece of theatre”; “Substantial, moving, satisfying theatre…” - Theresa Edelman, CUE

“… Fugard’s genius shines…” Clifford Graham , Artslink

“... teater van gehalte; ontroerende teatervervaring” - Willem de Vries, Die Burger

Performance Times: Tues – Sat,@ 20h15 and Sun @15h15
Tuesday performances R75 only!

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Performers

Cast       Character
Graham Weir - Robert Hannay
Claire Berlein - Sally Hannay
Lee-Ann Van Rooi - Reita Plaasman

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