We are delighted to be touring the regional premiere of Playlandby Athol Fugard. One of Fugard's later plays and his most emotionally difficult to write, Playland explores the possibilities for reconciliation after apartheid in South Africa. Provoking debate around intolerance and political extremism in the run up to the 2015 General Election, the show will open at Derby Theatre on Friday 13 February, before touring to a mix of rural and theatre venues.
New Perspectives Artistic Director, Jack McNamara comments:
"It feels like an important time to tour this particular play, with the rise of UKIP and the upcoming election. As a rarely seen work by one of the most important playwrights in world history, an urban environment might have been a more expected route for it. However, I passionately believe this is a subject that needs to be brought into the heart of the country, to open up discussions about where fear and intolerance can lead us. Playland is not a soapbox show; its picture of society is multifaceted. Yet the world it comes from is very real and frighteningly recent.
Our very first show in 1973, about the murder of David Oluwale, was an exposé of racism that lay buried in British society. I want to believe we have moved on since then, but of course there are daily examples of prejudice, both personal and institutional, that continue to hold us back as a nation."
Athol Fugard is one of the world's most performed living playwrights, and a fearless chronicler of South Africa and its troubled history. Playland is one of his most personal and rarely performed plays; gripping, comic and deeply moving.
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