A Lesson from Aloes
The original text
A play about loyalty and betrayal in the struggle against apartheid. The action of the play takes place in 1961 in the backyard of a small house in Algoa Park, Port Elizabeth. First performed in 1979 and first published by Oxford University Press, 1981.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1978: First performed by The Company on 30 November 1978 in the Market Theatre, directed by the playwright, with Marius Weyers (Piet Bezuidenhout), Shelagh Holliday (Gladys Bezuidenhout) and Fugard (Steve Daniels).
1979: Produced by the Market Theatre, directed by the playwright, and featuring Marius Weyers, Bill Curry and Shelagh Holliday. Performed in the Concert Hall, Baxter Theatre. Designed by Malcolm Payne, lighting design by Mannie Manim.
Production history abroad
1984: UK premiere at the National Theatre, London, directed by Athol Fugard The production won rave reviews
2019: Produced in London by A Million Freds Productions from 27 February - 27 March, in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, London, and by arrangement with Samuel French. Directed by Janet Suzman with Dawid Minnaar as Piet, David Rubin as Steve and Janine Ulfane as Gladys, with set and costumes by Norman Coates and lighting by Mannie Manim. This is the first production of the play in London since its UK premiere at the National Theatre 35 years ago where it was directed by Athol Fugard himself and won rave reviews, this new production directed by Janet Suzman marks the 25th anniversary year of the first free and democratic elections in South Africa.
The Company theatre programme, 1978.
PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988
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