The Road to Mecca
by Athol Fugard. The play which made the eccentric Helen Martins of Nieu Bethesda world famous, using her story to explore the soul of the artist. The title of the play is taken from a story by [[Don Maclennan which was publsihed in Contrast in July 1979 and republished in ADA Magazine in 1988.
The original text
Published by Faber & Faber, 1985.
Performance history in South Africa
First performed at the Market Theatre in 1984, directed by the author and with Yvonne Bryceland as Helen, Elize Cawood as Elsa Barlow and Louis van Niekerk as Ds Marius Byleveld. Design by Douglas Heap, lighting design by Mannie Manim, costumes by Vanessa Cooke.
Presented by CAPAB, directed by Rob Amato, co-directed by Bo Petersen opening at The Barn, Port Elizabeth Opera House on 23 August 1989 and at the Nico Arena on 1 September 1989, starring Lida Meiring as Miss Helen, Neels Coetzee as Marius Byleveld, Pauline O’Kelly as Elsa. Music David Nissen, designs Birrie le Roux, lighting Skip Wright.
Overseas performances: Japanese production of The road to Mecca in April 1998; El Camino a la Meca: [poster of Mexican production of 'The Road to Mecca']; Mijn Mekka: [programme of Dutch production of 'The Road to Mecca']
Translations and adaptations
The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard: film adaptation by Peter Goldsmid.
Filmscript [Typescript (photocopy).] NELMCollection: FUGARD, Athol]: 2012. 390. 3.
Theatre programmes 1984, 1989.
Nico Malan Theatre pamphlets, Aug-Nov 1989
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