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Monday, June 30, 2014


(Sipho Mahlatshana & David Dukas in the roles of Sol Plaatje & Cecil John Rhodes.
Pic by Val Adamson).)

In Hinterland - an acclaimed re-writing of history, Cecil John Rhodes hires Sol Plaatje as his secretary during the siege of Kimberley – and falls in love with him.

Winner of three awards at 2012 PANSA/NLDTF Playwriting Festival and part of last year’s official selection for the National Art Festival Arena Programme, Hinterland is written and produced by Cape Town writer Duncan Buwalda.

Supported by Stable Theatre and directed by Caroline Smart, this fascinating drama deals with a “what if” situation should Cecil John Rhodes and Sol Plaatje have met and worked together. The leading roles are played by Gauteng actors David Dukas and Sipho Mahlatshana, with Cape Town actor Greg Parvess playing Colonel Kekewich. Well-known Durban actor Frank Graham plays Dr Smartt, Rhodes’s personal physician.

“This is the third time I have directed Hinterland. Each time with a different cast and each time it’s been a highly enjoyable and inter-active experience,” says director Smart. “Duncan is a very skilled writer and I admire his command of dramatic text. He’s taken a ‘what if?’ situation connecting two major figures in South Africa’s history and infused it with humour – some of it wry, some of it hilarious – all the while sticking to correct historical information. All the characters were real people. Listening to audience members leaving the theatre, the comments usually revolve around the fact that they can’t believe that what they’ve just seen wasn’t entirely true!”

Hinterland can be seen in Grahamstown in the NG Kerk Hall on July 3 at 14h00, July 4 at 16h00, July 5 at 12h00 & 18h30, July 6 at 14h00, July 7 at 22h00 and July 8 at 16h00. Tickets R60 & R50 (first performance free)

Hinterland will play at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square in Sandton in 2015.