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Monday, November 16, 2020


(Mpilo Nzimande & Cara Roberts. Pic by Jacobus van Heerden)

In a telegram sent on 29 April, 1963, Ingrid Jonker thanks Andre Brink for his letters and flowers. They had met a few days before. He was almost 28, she 30. This was the beginning of a correspondence between the two writers that lasted until three months before Jonker drowned herself at Three Anchor Bay.

Over half a century later, read and performed by Cara Roberts and Mpilo Nzimande, and directed by Bryan Hiles, selected letters between Brink and Jonker bring to light their passion, their heartache, and their ultimate devastation as this gripping love affair unfolds.

Flame in the Snow is an intimate reading of a hidden love affair between two prolific writers in South African literary history.

Flame in the Snow, playing from November 19 to 21, 2020, completes the pre-panto season OnStage@Altitude and will be followed by Little Red, the panto for grown-ups.

OnStage @Altitude is located at 25 Silver Avenue, Stamfordhill. Parking with guards is available directly adjacent to the venue. Alternatively, Uber or Bolt are suggested for additional peace of mind.

Seating is unreserved and allocated on arrival.

Doors open at 18h00 for showtime at 19h30. A cash bar is available and patrons are most welcome to bring their own picnic baskets/snacks.

There will also be a post-show discussion if people are interested.

The venue remains open after the show till 23h45 when the venue closes in order to comply with curfew regulations.

Strict Health Protocols apply. All ticket holders will receive a Covid-19 questionnaire for completion on arrival.

Booking is through Quicket: