It got fantastic reviews when it opened at The Tristan Bates Theatre in May and now Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! transfers to London’s Trafalgar Studios for a four-week run.
Roger Mortimer and Debrorah Edgington’s production was greeted with universal and unqualified praise. It also picked up four Off West End Nominations, which included one for each member of the cast.
Set in the South Africa of 1984 – the fourth decade of apartheid, the play tells the story of Thami, a young and brilliant black man as two opposing forces struggle for his soul.
His teacher insists that education, even the inferior “Bantu” education he is forced to teach, is the way to liberation. But Thami has begun to listen to angrier voices… …
Tony, Evening Standard and Writers’ Circle Award-winner Athol Fugard is one of the defining voices of South Africa during apartheid. He is best known for Master Harold and the Boys, Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Road to Mecca.
My Children! My Africa! was first staged in London at the National Theatre in 1990 and this is its first major revival in 25 years.
Fugard himself has said of the play: “Should violence be met with violence? Or is there an alternative?
“The play is actually about my internal debate, at the end of which I found myself believing that putting words on paper is a valid form of action.
“You can throw stones, petrol bombs and molotov cocktails as hard as you like at those armoured cars, but you’re not going to do much damage.
“Words can do much, much more than that. Words can get inside those armoured cars. Words can get inside the heads of the people inside those armoured cars.”
The cast comprises Anthony Ofoegbu as Mr M, Nathan Ives-Moiba as Thami and Rose Reynolds as Isabel.
My Children! My Africa! runs in Trafalgar Studios 2 from August 4-29.