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Master Harold and the Boys

Closed December 17, 2019

Lucian Msamati, natty in white jacket and black pumps, delivers the words like a poem of possibility. He is such a wonderful actor, really one of our very best, and he is magnificent here, quietly registering every moment of feeling

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Why See Master Harold and the Boys?


See The Thought Provoking Protest Play 

Initially banned in his home country upon its release in the early 80s, South African protest playwright Athol Fugard's seminal work Master Harold and the Boys is currently receiving rave reviews at the National Theatre Lyttleton. Helmed by up and coming young director Roy Alexander Weise, the thought-provoking three-hander stars Lucian Msamati (Amadeus), Hammed Animashaun (Barber Shop Chronicles) and Anson Boon (The Winter Lake). 

Deftly dissecting the racial tensions of Apartheid South Africa, Master Harold is a semi-autobiographical drama that takes place in a tea room in the coastal city Port Elizabeth, one similar to Fugard's own mother's. In the one-act play, the shop is owned by lead character Hally's mum. Young, privileged and white, Hally spends a lot of time in the company of Sam and Willie, two middle-aged African servants. Close as they may be, institutionalised racism rears its ugly head, pulling up important questions about the legacies it leaves behind. 

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Opening night: 8 November 2019

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