African Gothic heads to the Joburg Theatre


UJ Arts & Culture (a division of FADA) is proud to present the Johannesburg run of Reza de Wet’s iconic African Gothic (translation of Diepe Grond), at the Joburg Theatre Fringe from 16–25 July, following a week-long run at the 2018 National Arts Festival.

African Gothic
African Gothic

The staging of the play is the culmination of a process that has seen more than 300 students and lecturers from different departments in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) involving themselves in various design and development aspects of the work. Student groups were challenged to design the set and costumes, and develop a marketing campaign, together with other collateral for the play. In addition to developing unique skills, a valuable outcome of the process was learning how to work collaboratively, which is becoming increasingly important in an environment where more than specialised knowledge is demanded from professionals.

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African Gothic - Pic: Jan Potgieter
African Gothic – Pic: Jan Potgieter

Set against the backdrop of a farm in desolate ruin, the play tells the story of the complicated, passionate, and troubled relationship between two siblings. While they live in the past with no discernible future, struggling with their own demons, they face eviction in the present by an officious lawyer. Directed by Alby Michaels, with a stellar cast that includes Liezl de Kok, Zak Hendrikz, Mpho Osei-Tutu and Olive Strachan, African Gothic is set to satisfy both the discerning theatre lover and novice alike.

The play will run for a limited time (from 16–25 July), at the Joburg Theatre’s Fringe.
For more information or to book tickets please visit or or contact the box office directly at 0861 670 670.

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