Athol Fugard’s latest play, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, is running at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town until September 24.
Presented by Eric Abraham the play is inspired by the life of a farm worker called Nukain Mabuza, a self-taught artist living in segregated pre-liberation South Africa.
Ageing Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks on a koppie at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Aided by his young companion Bokkie, we now find Nukain confronting his last challenge — to paint the huge boulder at the summit.
Yet before long, the landowner’s wife, Elmarie Kleynhans arrives and makes demands about the painting, laying bare the profound rifts of a country hurtling towards the end of apartheid.
When Bokkie – now known as Jonathan Sejake – returns years later, it is to confront the legacy on Revolver Creek left to him as a young man trying to find his place in the new South Africa.
The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, written by internationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2011, enjoyed a highly acclaimed debut season in New York in 2015, which was extended several times.
In this work, he continues to explore the limits of human experience against the backdrop of the changing South African political reality. The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek is his latest effort to confront not only the past, but also the present.
The show stars Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Begeerte, Binnelanders) who makes her Fugard Theatre debut, Tshamano Sebe (The Fugard Theatre’s Master Harold and the Boys) and Sne Dladla (The Fugard Theatre’s Orpheus in Africa, District Six – Kanala) who recently won the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award in the category of best supporting actor in a musical for his various roles in David Kramer’s Orpheus in Africa.
The production is co-directed by Athol Fugard and Paula Fourie, with a set design by Saul Radomsky (The Fugard Theatre’s The Shadow of the Hummingbird, District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa), costumes by Birrie Le Roux (The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story, The Blue Iris, Orpheus in Africa), lighting design by Mannie Manim, (The Fugard Theatre’s The Shadow of the Hummingbird, The Blue Iris) and sound design by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Orpheus in Africa).
Showtimes are 8 pm Tuesday to Friday and Saturdays at 4 pm and 8 pm. Tickets range from R140 to R180. Book at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or Computicket.