Boesman and Lena
The original text
A three-hander play about two wandering “coloured” vagrants who speculate on life, love and freedom. Perhaps one of Athol Fugard’s most celebrated works, a setwork for schools in post-1994 South Africa.
Performances in South Africa
NELM holds an undated theatre programme of a production of Boesman and Lena directed by Athol Fugard, with Zakes Mokae, Yvonne Bryceland and Bloke Modisane in the cast. (NELM: Framed items [Collection: Theatre programmes]: 2013. 2. 13).
1969: Presented by the Cape Performing Arts Board (in a CAPAB, PACT and Phoenix Players collaboration), with Athol Fugard (Boesman), Yvonne Bryceland (Lena) and Glynn Day (Outa) at the Alexander Theatre, Johannesburg.
1970: CAPAB with Athol Fugard (Boesman), Yvonne Bryceland (Lena) and Glynn Day at the Hofmeyr Theatre (lighting devised by Scott Robertson), subsequently touring the Transvaal in association with PACT.
1984: Janet Suzman as Lena, 29 March 1984. (NELM: [Collection: SUZMAN, Janet]: 2008. 15. 1. 29)
1996: Staged in the Arena Theatre at the Nico Malan Theatre in July 1996, directed by Nkosinathi Gqotso, with Neels Coetzee, Sylvia Esau and Shaun Arnolds. Design by Michael Mitchell, lighting by Jack Arnott.
1998: In March the Afrikaans translation Boesman en Lena by Metelerkamp was staged by PACOFS and the Vrystaat Ensemble in the André Huguenet Theatre in Bloemfontein, directed by Gerben Kamper, with Maurice Carpede (Boesman), Maria de Koker (Lena) and Babes Mphatseng (Outa). The same production was later staged at the KKNK 1998.
2014: Performed by Prompt Side Productions, supported by the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), at the Hexagon Theatre, Pietermaritzburg. Directed by Brenda-Lee Celewith Sade Wagner, Tshepang Koloko and Musa Nkomo.
2016: Produced by UJ Arts & Culture as part of a festival of works under the title LIBERAT!ON MMXVI at the Con Cowan Theatre from 17 May. Produced by Grace Meadows, directed by Phala Ookeditse Phala with Lalu Mokuku, Lebohang Inno and Lebogang Motaung. Design by Alby Michaels.
Directed by Zakes Mokae, at the Poor Alex Theatre, Toronto, Canada, from 5 to 28 April 1972.
Has twice been filmed:
CAPAB programme, 1969.
Theatre programmes 1970, 1980, 1996.
PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.
KKNK programme, 1998.
Theatre programme of the Canadian production held by NELM: [Collection: Rhodes University Drama Department]: 2006. 48. 3. 4.
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