Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot to run for limited season at Baxter

Francois Jacobs and Mncedisi Shabangu in Blood Knot. (Photo: Siphiwe Mhlambi/Supplied)

Francois Jacobs and Mncedisi Shabangu in Blood Knot. (Photo: Siphiwe Mhlambi/Supplied)
  • Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot is coming to The Baxter.
  • The production was a sold-out success at the Market Theatre. 
  • The short season will run from 11 to 28 May. 

Following its sold-out success at The Market Theatre, South African theatre legend, Athol Fugard’s acclaimed play, Blood Knot, transfers to The Baxter for a limited season from 11 to 28 May 2022 at 19:30, with Saturday matinees at 14:30.

The multi-award-winning cast and creative team are led by James Ngcobo who directs Mncedisi Shabangu and Francois Jacobs in this hit production which recently received five Naledi Theatre nominations.

Fugard’s timeless classic, Blood Knot, which tackles themes of brotherhood and hope, first premiered in 1961 and it is as relevant today (if not more so), 61 years later. Set in the suburb of Korsten in Port Elizabeth – a place packed with people who are desperately trying to find an opportunity that will offer them some hope – the play delves into the bone of love between two brothers, the kind that transcends skin colour.

They are forced to dream as they navigate the intricacies of being stuck in a place that offers them nothing but it’s squalor and the poverty that they are confronted with every single moment. Like all great classics, it is relatable and searingly intimate and offers hope in this very delicate conversation with South Africa’s present-day reality.

Blood Knot

Blood Knot starring Mncedisi Shabangu and Francois Jacobs. (Photo: Siphiwe Mhlambi/Supplied)

“In Blood Knot, Fugard unpacks this country in such a brave manner as he weaves together themes that are still so pertinent in our contemporary times,” James Ngcobo explained in a statement to the press. “He explores our baggage as a nation in a poetic manner that allows us to look at who we are, what we have gone through and tickles our curiosity about the collective aspirations that we have.”

The award-winning actor and director added, “We have witnessed glimpses of hope popping up from the horizon and then jumped back into despair and hopelessness which raises a litany of questions … do we still have the South African dream or is it a South African delusion?”

Mannie Manim is responsible for lighting design, Nadya Cohen for props and set, Noluthando Lobese for costumes and soundscape is by Dean Pitman. Blood Knot runs at The Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 11 to 28 May 2022 with an age restriction of 14 years.

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