BAXTER ON TOUR
RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, LONDON (7 March – 19 May 2013)
The Baxter Theatre Centre and the South African State Theatre present
Restitutions of Body and Soil
since The Bantu Land Act No. 27 of 1913 and
The Immorality Act No. 5 of 1927
Based on the play Miss Julie by: August Strindberg
Adapted and directed by Yael Farber
With Thoko Ntshinga, Bongile Mantsai, Hilda Cronje
Music composed by Daniel and Matthew Pencer
Music performed by Brydon Bolton and Mark Fransman
Singer and musician: Tandiwe Nofirst Lungisa
Set design by Patrick Curtis
Lighting design by Paul Abrams
The South African-born and internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber sets her explosive new adaptation of Strindberg's classic Miss Julie in the remote, bleak beauty of the Eastern Cape Karoo.
In a post-apartheid kitchen – a potent convergence point of domination, domestic practicality and untenable sadness – a single night, both brutal and tender, unfolds between a black farm labourer, the daughter of his "master" and the woman who has raised them both.
The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare in this domestic setting, as a deadly battle between John and Mies Julie spirals one night over power, sexuality, memory, mothers and land.
The award-winning Farber's probing adaptation looks at a post-traumatic society and the knot of inheritances and legacies that entangle lives in the aftermath. Haunting and violent, intimate and epic, the struggles between the three individuals reach to address issues of restitution and the reality of what can and cannot ever be recovered.
Mies Julie received rave reviews from the New York press: