Athol Fugard’s Boesman & Lena at UJ Con Cowan


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05/13/2016 14:55:24
UJ Arts & Culture (FADA) presents Boesman & Lena as final instalment of the LIBERAT!ON MMXVI drama trilogy running at the Con Cowan Theatre from 17 May.

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Inspired by an incident in 1965 (when Fugard was driving down a rural South African road), the play is set in the mudflats of Port Elizabeth, and tells the story of a coloured couple battered by society.

“The play places particular emphasis on societal issues and inequalities inherent in apartheid South Africa, and the effects of these inequalities,” says Producer Grace Meadows. Directed by Phala Ookeditse Phala and designed by Alby Michaels, the cast features Lalu Mokuku, Lebohang Inno and Lebogang Motaung.

Ookeditse explains that since the play is so well known and has been performed so many times he knew that he needed to find an angle reflected the current South African context: “In 2016, we need to understand how the classic texts such as Athol Fugard’s speak to us. They reflect a deep ‘otherness’; apartheid was a form of racism that was a form of othering”.

Phala holds a Masters in Dramatic Arts (Performance Studies). His original works include Killy Boy (2010), Ungasabi (2011) and Stains Inner (2012). His directing credits include assistant director to John Kani in Shakespeare’s Othello (2010), Mbeki and Other Nightmares (2010), Red Peter’s Way Out – An adaptation of Franz Kafka’s A Report to an Academy (2011) and John Kani’s Nothing but the Truth (2013).

Michaels is a director, designer, dramaturg and performer starring television roles as Luke Taylor in One Way (2006-2007) and as Allan Duncan in Inkaba, from 2012-2013. He holds BA Drama Degree cum Laude and is currently completing his Honour degree in directing. He joined in 2004 and has been Resident Director since 2011.

BOESMAN & LENA opens on 19 May 2016 with low price previews on 17 and 18 May. Book online at Computicket by clicking on the flowing link: Subject to availability tickets may also be purchased at the Con Cowan Theatre Box Office one hour prior to show times.

Patrons are reminded that UJ Arts & Culture has revised security controls regarding parking and access to its venues in order to ensure the safety of patrons, staff, students and alumni. To ensure smooth access, tickets for all events taking place in the Arts Centre and Con Cowan Theatres should be pre-booked and presented to security at the boom when coming on to campus. Checks may also be conducted on vehicles entering and leaving any of the access gates.

Notes to Editors

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg, produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts.

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA ( offers programmes in eight creative disciplines in art, design and architecture, as well as being home to the NRF SARChI Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture, and the Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre. The Faculty has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education. Equipped with state-of-the art, custom-built facilities, the Faculty is staffed by highly regarded academics, architects, artists and designers.

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The full programme for LIBERAT!ON MMXVI is available for download at also in the issue 9 of Art Much? Magazine at

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