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Third party event: A Lesson from Aloes

Description: The first London production in 35 years

"Our race is a mistake."

In the small backyard of a house in a shabby Port Elizabeth suburb, pots of aloe - the desert plant that can thrive in the most barren soil - bear silent witness to a world where trust has been betrayed and destroyed.

South Africa in the 1960s. Apartheid is at its height. Mandela's ANC has just been banned as a terrorist organisation. Informers are everywhere.

Left leaning Afrikaner Piet and his wife, Gladys, hold a party for their mixed-race friend Steve who has just been released from prison.

But when mistrust creeps into your own backyard, the closest of ties are undone. Who has betrayed this group of friends? And why is one of them on a one way ticket out of the country?

Unseen in London since its UK premiere at the National Theatre 35 years ago where it was directed by Athol Fugard himself and won rave reviews, this new production directed by Janet Suzman marks the 25th anniversary year of the first free and democratic elections in South Africa.

The original production of A Lesson From Aloes premiered at the Market Theatre Johannesburg in 1978, where it provoked huge controversy and narrowly escaped being banned. The Broadway production won the New York Critics Circle Award for Best New Play.

The cast of this new production comprises Dawid Minnaar as Piet, David Rubin as Steve and Janine Ulfane as Gladys, with lighting by the legendary South African lighting designer, producer and co-founder of The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, Mannie Manim.

Members of the South African Chamber of Commerce are affered a discount on the regular £20 price down to £17.50 by using the code "FUGARD" when booking.

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Date:  9:00am to 12:00pm, Wed 27th Feb 2019

Venue:  Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
London, SW10 9ED
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