MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA! By Athol Fugard
Directed by Roger Mortimer and Deborah Edgington. Presented by Two Sheds Theatre.
South Africa, 1985 – the fourth decade of apartheid. Two opposing forces struggle for the soul of Thami, a young, brilliant black man. His teacher insists that education, even the inferior “Bantu” education he is forced to teach, is the way to liberation. But Thami has begun to listen to angrier voices…
‘Should violence be met with violence? The play is actually about my internal debate, at the end of which I found myself believing that putting words on paper is a valid form of action. You can throw stones, petrol bombs and molotov cocktails as hard as you like at those armoured cars, but you’re not going to do much damage. Words can get inside those armoured cars. Words can get inside the heads of the people inside those armoured cars. Athol Fugard
Tony, Evening Standard and Writers’ Circle Award-winner Athol Fugard is one of the defining voices of South Africa during apartheid. He is best known for Master Harold and the Boys, Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Road to Mecca. My Children! My Africa! was first staged in London at the National Theatre in 1990; this is its first professional production in London since.
Thami – NATHAN IVES-MOIBA
Mr M – ANTHONY OFOEGBU
Isabel – ROSE REYNOLDS
Directors – ROGER MORTIMER & DEBORAH EDGINGTON
Set & costume design – NANCY SURMAN
Lighting design – JACK WEIR
Sound design – ERIN WITTON
Running time: approx. 2 hours 35 min including interval.