Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act

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Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act is a play by Athol Fugard.

Often referred to simply as Statements.

The original text

A play about miscegenation under apartheid, telling of the tragic relationship between a “coloured" teacher and a white librarian and their arrest. It was written in 1972 then performed at the The Space Theatre (Cape Town) to an invited audience on May 25 1972. After this audience had given feedback, the play was altered slightly and then played to a second invited audience on the 27th of May. The final text became the standard one.

Published in Statements: [Three Plays] in Oxford and New York by Oxford University Press, 1974.

Productions

1972: Following the two private showings, the play officially opened at the The Space, Cape Town, to an invited audience on the 28th of May, the first play to run at the new venue. Directed by Athol Fugard with Yvonne Bryceland, Athol Fugard, Christopher Prophet and Percy Sieff. Lighting design by Mannie Manim, stage management by Steven Daitsh and photography by Brian Astbury.

1979: Performed at the Market Theatre, starring Wilma Stockenström and Vivian Solomons.

1997: Performed by CAPAB Drama in the Arena Theatre at the Nico Malan Theatre, as part of the 25th anniversary of The Space Theatre. Directed by Keith Grenville, with Peter Butler, Antoinette Kellerman and André Roothman. Designed by Michael Mitchell, lighting designed by Malcolm Hurrell.

2011-2012: Performed at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, directed by Kim Kerfoot, with an Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary from Gipca, Baxter Theatre Centre and the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. The production later ran to capacity houses at the Fugard Theatre Studio, (courtesy of the Fugard Theatre’s founding producer Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre), The production featured Bo Petersen, Malefane Mosuhli and Jeroen Kranenburg, was described by Athol Fugard himself as the best production he had seen of his work directed by someone other than himself. The production was designed by Guy de Lancey.

2014: Performed in London as part of South African Season at Jermyn Street Theatre during June and July. Directed by Cordelia Monsey, designed by Victoria Johnstone and lighting design by Michael Nabarro.

2019: Produced by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre in partnership with the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, directed by Greg Karvellas with Marlo Minnaar and Liezl de Kock. Opened at the KKNK on ** and at The Fugard Studio Theatre on 17 September.

Sources

Astbury, 1979.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue re the 1972 production.

Photographs and other material held by NELM in various locations re the Market Theatre production, 1979.

Statements theatre programme, 1997.

Review by Astrid Stark, Sunday Independent, 5 February 2012.

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