ORPHEUS IN AFRICA
Orpheus in Africa, the Fugard Theatre production of David Kramer’s brand new musical, will return to the Fugard Theatre from 22 September. Its world premiere limited season at the Fugard Theatre was sold out earlier this year.“It’s always exciting for us to present musical theatre.” said Daniel Galloway Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “But to be able to nurture and produce a new South African work is the most rewarding challenge of all. Unlike other shows that have been tried and tested on stages overseas, an original work like Orpheus in Africa had no predictable outcome. So we were especially thrilled at the overwhelming critical acclaim.
27 OCT – 21 NOV 2015
8 PM | R130 – R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present the South African premiere of Joshua Harmon’s West End smash hit, the “blisteringly funny” Bad Jews.
After the death of their grandfather, Poppy, a family heirloom propels cousins Daphna and Liam into a domestic battle of honour, faith and heritage. The devoutly Jewish Daphna is at odds with her secular cousin Liam, an entitled young man detached from his cultural traditions. Caught in the middle are Jonah, Liam’s younger brother, and Liam’s non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, who just wants everyone to get along. When the group is forced to spend the night in close quarters, hilarity and mayhem ensues.
Earlier this year the production garnered a five star review from the Jewish Chronicle (UK). “There is something particularly remarkable about the way Harmon explores how post-Holocaust Jewish generations live with the legacy of the Shoah (Holocaust). Remarkable, because whereas most dramatists would address that territory with sombre respect, Harmon does it with irreverent wit.” John Nathan – The Jewish Chronicle (UK), January 2015.
This Fugard Theatre production features Lara Lipschitz (Cabaret, Jersey Boys) who returns to the Fugard Theatre in Bad Jews as Daphna, a devout Jew, who is unbending and religiously opinionated. Opposite Lara is Glen Biderman-Pam (Somewhere on the Border, The Epicene Butcher) who plays Liam, Daphna’s secular cousin. Oliver Booth (Skews Me, Life with Oli Booth, CHAMP) plays Jonah, Liam’s younger brother and Ashley de Lange (X+Y, Gly) plays Melody, Liam’s new non-Jewish girlfriend.
Greg Karvellas (CHAMP, The Frontiersmen) directs this South African premiere. The set and costume designs are by Saul Radomsky (The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa).