#NAF2019 Review: All Who Pass

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‘I’m still angry. There, under the surface. Some days I scratch at the anger and it enflames. It bursts open again, bright red, ugly, a freshly split wound. It won’t heal and I won’t be ashamed of it. But I can’t walk around these streets – live here – with that wound wide open.’

Carmen Maarman & Iman Isaacs – All Who Pass / Photo: Mark Wessels
Carmen Maarman & Iman Isaacs – All Who Pass / Photo: Mark Wessels

All Who Pass is an important, beautiful and moving piece of theatre. I made a comment to a friend after the show, that there are so many stories about the violence and atrocities committed during the apartheid years, but the stories most often told are the violent stories involving bullets, the army, the police, the guns, the bullets, the freedom fighters. This beautiful work, tells of different violence, the pain caused to those who didn’t fight back or at least didn’t choose violence. It is important because these stories need to be told, and it is worth seeing because it is a story of family, of bravery.

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Iman Isaacs & Elton Landrew – All Who Pass / Photo: Mark Wessels
Iman Isaacs & Elton Landrew – All Who Pass / Photo: Mark Wessels

This heartfelt piece tells the story of a family spending their last night together in their District Six home, trying to keep up family and religious traditions, while the neighbourhood around them is literally torn apart. The story tugs at your heartstrings, in a gentle way, as you watch and feel for, the family who pack up their lives, and choose what to take with them, and what to lose forever.

This is beautiful and powerful story-telling and clearly shows that writer Amy Jephta is deserving of her title: Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre 2019. A work that Amy Jephta, talented director Quanita Adams and the cast can be truly proud of.

Iman Isaacs & Roberto Kyle – All Who Pass / Photo: Mark Wessels
Iman Isaacs & Roberto Kyle – All Who Pass / Photo: Mark Wessels

There are only two more opportunities to see this work at the National Arts Festival at the time of publishing, today at 14:00 and 20:00 at the Rhodes Box. Booking and information here.

 

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