Leading Playwright's Work to be Performed at University

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A ‘gripping, comic and deeply moving’ work by one of the world’s best known living playwrights will be performed at the University of Worcester next Thursday evening.

Nottingham-based New Perspectives Theatre will be staging Athol Furgard’s Playland, and the performance is open to both students and members of the public.

South African-born Furgard is one of the most performed living playwrights, and has won countless awards and accolades in recognition of his extensive body of work.

He is known as a fearless chronicler of the history of his homeland; Playland is one of his most personal and rarely performed plays, and is set in 1989, when South Africa was still in the grip of Apartheid.

It tells the story of a travelling amusement park which has opened its gates in the heart of rural South Africa. Martinus, a black South African, is the amusement park’s night-watchman, while Gideon, a white Afrikaner and ex-serviceman, has gone along to the park for an evening out.

When they find themselves face-to-face, their encounter is charged with history and danger, and the audience is treated to an inspiring, moving piece of theatre.

The performance will take place on the University’s St John’s Campus at 7.30pm on Thursday March 5, and – due to the strong language and descriptions of violent and sexual nature - is only suitable for those over the age of 16.

Tickets cost £8.50 for adults, £6.50 for students, 16-18 year-olds and OAPs, or £23 for a group of four students. Tickets are available to buy in person at the University of Worcester Arena Box Office, or over the phone on 01905 544444.