Tag: Athol Fugard

Shaleen Surtie-Richards and the power of honesty

DESCRIBING HERSELF AS a “full on earthquake”, veteran stage, film and television performer Shaleen Surtie-Richards loved people, but she quipped that there were some people she would have been happy to poke in the eye. Unequivocal in her values, she was unforgettable in her stage presence, whether it […]

I am my mother’s child

VERY RARELY DO you get a coming together of narrative values that are not only sensitive to the text that they honour, but also have the maturity and sense of purpose to create a filmic product that stands on its own creative feet. This is what happens in […]

Incendiary youth: SA style

A WHITE HIGH school girl lies on her belly on a school bench to read a spot of King Lear as she munches on an apple.  There’s a sense of ‘how things should be’ in everything from her school uniform to her engagement with what is obviously homework. […]

Paean to The Ones With No Names

GRAVEYARDS ARE FASCINATING and complex ciphers of values. They’re about grounding one’s memories and honouring those who are no longer with us. They’re about a level of sacredness which touches everyone at the core. This is the premise of Athol Fugard’s devastatingly potent work, The Train Driver and […]