Spring 1944 – Seven Soviet Soldiers have been captured by the Nazis, stripped naked and abandoned in the locked empty cellar of a monastery in Southern Poland.  Deprived of all ties to their world, the prisoners redefine their concepts of order and human nature.  In order to survive the men, resort to murder and cannibalism.  Breaking rank and breaking flesh collide – how do they reconcile rank, faith and dignity in such circumstances?  Such is the plot for Die Rypmaakkamer, a powerful, thought-provoking play with moments of dark humour.

Die Rypmaakkamer is Frans Swart’s adaptation of David Ian Lee’s The Curing Room. It is a bold and daring thriller inspired by true events and features David Konrad, Mauritz Badenhorst, Dirk Joubert, Anele Situlweni, Gregg Pettigrew, Nathan Hammond and Zack Mtombeni.

The Curing Room was written by David Ian Lee, and first performed at the Edinburgh Arts Festival in 2014.  “Though what befell seven hapless men in the last year of the war will forever remain conjecture – as well, no doubt, the identities of the men themselves – I wrote the play with respect to the memories of all actual soldiers and civilians who fought and died in The Patriotic War”, says David.

“After seeing The Curing Room at the Edinburgh Arts Festival, I wondered: why didn’t the Nazis just execute these men in front of a firing squad, as was usually done at the time?  Why lock them naked and starving in the basement, to die a slow death?  How cruel and barbaric can humans be?  We cannot allow those in power to abuse it, and that is the reason why I decided to stage the play in South Africa” says Frans Swart, the director of Die Rypmaakkamer.

Die Rypmaakkamer features nudity, language and violence and carries an age restriction of 18 years. Die Rypmaakkamer is presented in association with The Market Theatre and the proud support of RSG, Sounds Good, Hollywood Costumes, Van Loveren Wines and Stuttaford Van Lines.

Die Rypmaakkamer will be presented at the Market Theatre from Friday 7 to Sunday 30 June 2019.

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