Cape Town theatre lovers are in for a treat as the much-loved Blood Knot is coming to the Baxter theatre for a limited season. Following its immense success at the Market theatre in Johannesburg, the classic play is heading down to the Mother city from 11 to 28 May 2022. 

The production which was first premiered 61 years ago, in 1961 tackles themes of brotherhood and hope. It’s set in the suburb of Korsten in Gqeberha – a home and place with many people who are desperately trying to find an opportunity that will offer hope. 61 years later, it is still relevant to this day.

Penned by the country’s theatre icon, Athol Fugard, the play penetrates into the bone of love between two brothers, the kind that transcends skin colour. Award-winning actor and director, James Ngcobo will be directing two seasoned actors Mncedisi Shabangu and Francois Jacobs who will be co-starring in this timeless production. 

The two brothers are forced to dream as they navigate the intricacies of being stuck in a place that offers them nothing but its squalor and the poverty that they are confronted with every single moment. 

“In Blood Knot Fugard unpacks this country in such a brave manner as he weaves together themes that are still so pertinent in our contemporary times. He explores our baggage as a nation in a poetic manner that allows us to look at who we are, what we have gone through and tickles our curiosity about the collective aspirations that we have,” said Ngcobo. 

He added: “We have witnessed glimpses of hope popping up from the horizon and then jumped back into despair and hopelessness which raises a litany of questions … do we still have the South African dream or is it a South African delusion?”

Blood Knot runs at The Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 11 to 28 May 2022 at 7.30pm nightly, with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. There is an age restriction of 14 years.

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