For over half a century the internationally celebrated playwright Athol Fugard created South African plays featuring home grown narratives.
The Fugard@86 season kicks off with The Train Driver, a personal journey into the human soul. The play was inspired by the true event of Pumla Lolwana who, in December 2000, pulled her three children close to her body and stepped in front of a train on the railway tracks between Philippi and Nyanga on the Cape Flats. The horrific situation was first captured in Fugard’s notebook, Karoo and other stories, yet it was only a while later that it was conceptualized into a play.
In Fugard’s imaginary play, inspired by the horrific event, a tormented train driver is compelled to visit a makeshift graveyard in the middle of nowhere, determined to find the unmarked grave of the woman he unintentionally killed. The Train Driver, directed by Charmaine Weir Smith, stars award-winning actor and Fugard’s long-time friend, John Kani, alongside Dawid Minnaar.
Venue: The Mannie Manim Theatre, Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Newtown
Time: Tue to Sat 8.15pm | Sun 3.15pm
Cost: R90 – R150