Marlo Minnaar and Liezl de Kock star in Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act at The Fugard Theatre
Marlo Minnaar and Liezl de Kock

Athol Fugard’s powerful classic, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, will be staged at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees 2019 (KKNK 2019) in Oudtshoorn from 21 to 26 March 2019, followed by a run at The Fugard Studio Theatre.

This production is directed by Greg Karvellas.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the KKNK and Kunste Onbeperk, which presents the festival, and that awarded Athol Fugard with its Kunste Onbeperk Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre.

Marlo Minnaar (7de Laan, Sara Se Geheim, Boland Moorde)  and Liezl de Kock (Piet se Optelgoed, Crazy in Love, Pictures of You, African Gothic) star as Errol Philander and Frieda Joubert.

A compelling love story

Written in 1972, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act is set in apartheid South Africa, where relationships across the colour bar were a criminal offence. Two lovers – a coloured man and white woman meet secretly in the library. A neighbour reports them to the police who photograph them and eventually arrest the couple.

The play is a compelling love story in which the lovers expose not only their bodies but also their deepest longings for personal and emotional freedom.

Set Design and Lighting Design is by Wolf Britz, Soundscape is by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Sound Design is by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and David Classen.

“We are honoured to be partnering with the KKNK for the first time as part of their 25 year celebrations,”says Daniel Galloway, MD of The Fugard Theatre. “Athol Fugard is a master of examining and challenging our need for an understanding of one another and in order to discover our  common humanity. These themes remain searingly relevant in our world today.”

Athol Fugard was born in 1932 in Middelburg in the Karoo. An internationally acclaimed playwright director and occasional actor, for over half a century he has written almost 40 plays with roles for all South Africans which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the inhumanity of apartheid.

His plays champion truth and a fundamental universal humanity. In 2011 he received a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. He is also the author of four books and several screenplays. His plays include Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena,Master Harold and the Boys, The Train Driver, The Blue Iris and The Shadow of the Hummingbird.

A number of his works have been turned into films with director Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi, based on his 1980 short story of the same name winning the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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What: Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act
Where: Gimsaal, KKNK Oudtshoorn South Africa
When: 21 – 26 March 2019, 3pm
Tickets: R135,, or R150 door
Note: Age advisory 16 years – full nudity