Kosie House of Theatre in association with the Company’s production of Black and Blue directed by James Cuningham. This legendary play returns to Johannesburg after 11 years of anticipation.
The long-awaited hit story about loss, love, healing and gardening stars Sylvaine Strike (The Travellers, Coupé, The Table, The Miser) and Atandwa Kani (Hayani, The Island, The Miser), and is on at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg from 30 September to 1 November.
Performed in a detailed, heightened style, every second of Mrs Swart’s existence is alarmingly magnified. Paranoid of life beyond the four walls of her blue house, and stifling in the blue fog of her grief, she eventually succumbs to the persuasive knocking at her door.
The angelic arrival of Jackson Siboiboi, who seeks to work as a gardener in her abandoned garden, initiates a relationship that blossoms through fragility and a change of heart.
“Set in suburbia, this piece gently observes the complexities of this country’s ongoing master and servant relationships,” says Cuningham, who devised Black and Blue in collaboration with Helen Iskander (whom Sylvaine directed and collaborated with in Baobabs don’t Grow Here).
“Black and Blue comes full circle to the festival a decade later, a nostalgic return for old patrons and an electrifying theatrical revelation for a new generation.”
It’s a hauntingly beautiful story, told by a sensational cast, and tickets are sure to sell out fast. If you missed Black and Blue on its original run 11 years ago, or if you saw it in 2004 and were hankering after watching it again, book your tickets through Computicket.
What Critics had to say:
“Black and Blue is a marvelous and accessible theatrical treasure. It will steal your heart and captivate your mind… I can think of no other way to describe this production than as a little masterpiece.” – Peter Tromp, Cape Times 2005