Brutal Legacy – Tracy Going’s story is told

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A dramatic adaptation of former TV and radio personality, Tracy Going’s new book, Brutal Legacy, opens at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in April.

Brutal Legacy: Daphne Kuhn and Lesedi Job present Tracy Going’s Brutal Legacy directed by Lesedi Job starring Natasha Sutherland with Charlie Bougenon and Jessica Wolhuter from 2-27 April 2019.
Brutal Legacy: Daphne Kuhn and Lesedi Job present Tracy Going’s Brutal Legacy directed by Lesedi Job starring Natasha Sutherland with Charlie Bougenon and Jessica Wolhuter from 2-27 April 2019.

“Searing, heartbreaking, triumphant” – Sisonke Msimang

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A gripping, uplifting and dramatic adaptation of a new book, Brutal Legacy, is now being created!  The play is based on the book by former television anchor and radio personality, Tracy Going and her story of survival, inspired by her memoirs. The new South African production will preview on 2 April and premiere officially on 3 April at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square. It will be directed and adapted by award-winning theatre maker Lesedi Job with a cast including “Scandal” TV star Natasha Sutherland, Charlie Bougenon and Jessica Wolhuter.

The production is proud to announce its media partner, KAYA FM.

When South Africa’s golden girl of broadcasting, Tracy Going’s battered face was splashed across the media back in the late 1990s, the nation was shocked. South Africans had become accustomed to seeing Going, glamorous and groomed, on television or hearing her resonant voice on Radio Metro and Kaya FM. Sensational headlines of a whirlwind love relationship turned horrendously violent threw the “perfect” life of the household star into disarray. What had started off as a fairy-tale romance with a man who appeared to be everything that Going was looking for – charming, handsome and successful – quickly descended into a violent, abusive relationship.

The rosy love-cloud burst just five months after meeting her “Prince Charming” when she staggered into the local police station, abused and bruised.  A short relationship became a two-and-a-half-year legal ordeal played out in the public eye.

Women abuse in South Africa has reached endemic levels. This is why four influential South African women (Tracy Going, Lesedi Job, Natasha Sutherland and Daphne Kuhn) have come together to recreate Tracy Going’s story of abuse into a theatre play. The objective is to empower, inspire and enlighten – and to maintain the momentum of the discussion around women and child abuse. The production team is planning to hold regular Q & A sessions after the play with key members of the team.

Brutal Legacy is a “must-see” production, dramatic and heart-warming, but simply an uplifting human story of survival and triumph.

Bookings can be made with Computicket (0861 915 800 or www.computicket.com). Tickets can also be reserved by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606. Enquire about group discounts for schools, women’s and special interest groups, corporate and book club outings.

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