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Friday, April 22, 2016


(Ralph Lawson takes the role of Alan Paton)

A Voice I Cannot Silence, which opens in the Playhouse Loft on May 12 as part of The Playhouse Company’s New Stages season, garnered three awards at Tuesday night’s (April 19) glittering Naledi Theatre Awards ceremony at Gold Reef City.

Ralph Lawson, who portrays controversial author and poet Alan Paton in the play, took the top acting accolade for Best Lead Performance in a Play (Male), while Menzi Mkhwane won The Brett Golden Award for Best Newcomer/Breakthrough Award for the same production. Writers Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson also won the award for Best New SA Script.

A Voice I Cannot Silence movingly and empathetically examines the life of Paton through his own words, stories, poems and autobiographies.

Presented by The Playhouse Company, in association with The National Arts Festival and the South African State Theatre, the play explores weighty and often controversial issues such as Paton’s position within the Liberal Party, his years as Principal of the Diepkloof Reformatory, his belief in and struggle for human rights, and the complexities of his personal relationships.

A Voice I Cannot Silence is written by Lawson and Greg Homann, directed by Homann, co-produced by Sue Clarence and stars Lawson, Clare Mortimer as Paton’s second wife, Anne, and Menzi Mkhwane as Sponono, a former Reformatory inmate. Set design is by Nadya Cohen, ‘soundscape’ by Evan Roberts and lighting design by Michael Broderick.

Public performances: May 12 (preview – tickets R60 each); May 13 at 19h00 (opening night), May 14 at 19h00, May 15 at 15h00 @ R100 each.
Schools performances runs from May 16 20 at 10h00 @ R30 per learner.

Discounted block bookings for groups of 50 or more and bookings for schools performances can be made by calling Dawn on 031 369 9407.