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Monday, March 10, 2014


(Thomie Holtzhausen)

It’sTaboo Productions present The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs written by Mike Daisey. It is adapted, directed and performed by Thomie Holtzhausen and Jason Barber.

This passionate and powerful exposé of the appalling working conditions in Apple's Foxconn factory in China, the atrocities of capitalism and the ignorance of consumerism was originally written and performed by American monologist Mike Daisy.  His commitment to getting “the message across” led to him making the play available all over the world to be adapted, translated and performed at no cost.

“Questions are raised about how often we wish that more things were handmade, highlighting that in modern day there are more handmade things than there have ever been in the history of the world,” says Holtzhausen. “Most of those things come from China, where there are millions of hands – far cheaper than any machinery – to make them.”

Holtzhausen and Barber have reworked and reframed the play in a South African context with strong emphasis on the wrong-doings of a western culture driven by money.

“Recent focus has been on whether Daisy tells an entirely true story, although its essence remains undisputed,” adds Holtzhausen. “He had fabricated incidents for greater dramatic impact. It's an accusation that could, of course, be hurled at any number of playwrights who create fictions out of real experience and events. The imagination is not, and never should be, bound by the rules of journalism.”

It’sTaboo’s adaptation is presented as a talk, an awareness campaign stimulating dialogue on what is true and what not. The production strongly questions the value of man measured in terms of money. To emphasise this aspect the producers present the production free of charge (bookings however essential).

The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, whether true or not tells a real good story that doesn't just point the finger at Apple but at all of us who unthinkingly consume without ever considering how something is made.

The play runs from March 12 to 15 at the Seabrooke’s Theatre (DHS). For bookings email Thomie on or visit