The Breath of Life

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The Breath of Life (2002) is a play by David Hare. It tells the story of a woman who is confronted by the wife of her lover. Over the course of one day and one night, the two women reflect on their lives and the relationship with the central, yet offstage, male character. [1]

Performance history in South Africa

2004: Pieter Toerien (by arrangement with Robert Fox) presented The Breath of Life in February through March 2004 in The Studio at the Montecasino Theatre, directed by Clare Stopford and starring Dorothy-Ann Gould as Frances and Jana Cilliers as Madeleine. In April and May 2004 the same production was staged at the Theatre on the Bay.

2009: Produced by the Claremont Dramatic Society in January 2009 to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Masque Theatre.

Translations and adaptations


Sunday Independent, 8 & 22 February 2004.

The Citizen, 23 February 2004.

Mail & Guardian, 11 March 2004.

Programme of the Toerien run in 2004.

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