The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

“The Old Man and the Sea” was published in 1952, a dozen years after Hemingway’s most recent big success, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” It won the Pulitzer Prize and was the catalyst for his Nobel Prize in 1954, but it turned out to be his last successful published novel before he killed himself nine years later.

A South African stage adaptation was done by Nick Warren in 2017. Using chorus, mask, physical performance, an innovative set and epic sound design, the performance gave the classic text a modern twist.

2017: The adaptation by Nick Warren was performed by Contagious Theatre at the Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, 30 July – 24 August 2019. Directed and designed by Jenine Collocott with James Cairns, Taryn Bennett and Jaques de Silva. The production features music by Sue Grealy with puppets by Alida van Deventer and masks by Jenine Collocott.


2019: The adaptation by Nick Warren was performed by Contagious Theatre at the Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, 30 July – 24 August 2019. Directed and designed by Jenine Collocott with James Cairns, Taryn Bennett and Jaques de Silva. The production features music by Sue Grealy with puppets by Alida van Deventer and masks by Jenine Collocott.

The Fugard Theatre Newsletter (newsletter@thefugard.com)

Theatre Review: The Old Man and the Sea By Lesley Stones• The Daily Maverick, 26 September 2017[1]

CHRISTOPHER RAWSON. 2019. Stage Review: 'The Old Man and the Sea' is a feast for the senses


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette[2]