The Fence

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The Fence (2003) is a one-man show about gay issues and specifically "gay bashing", written by Peter Hayes. It was inspired by the notorious case of the gay American university student Matthew Shepard (21), who was tortured and murdered near Laramie in Wyoming in 1998 [1].

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

First performed, starring Peter Hayes and directed by Jacqui Singer, in 2003 in the Studio at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. The same production was later staged in the Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg.


Cape Times, 1 April 2003.

Mail & Guardian, 10 April 2003.

The Citizen, 19 August 2003.

Business Day, 22 August 2003

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