A Lesson From Aloes
In the small backyard of a house in a shabby Port Elizabeth suburb, pots of aloe – the desert plant that can thrive in the most barren soil – bear silent witness to a world where trust has been betrayed and destroyed.
South Africa in the 1960s. Apartheid is at its height. Mandela’s ANC has just been banned as a terrorist organisation. Informers are everywhere.
Left leaning Afrikaner Piet and his wife, Gladys, hold a party for their mixed-race friend Steve who has just been released from prison.
But when mistrust creeps into your own backyard, the closest of ties are undone. Who has betrayed this group of friends? And why is one of them on a one way ticket out of the country?
Multi-award winning actor and director Janet Suzman directs an international cast in
a unique rediscovery from South Africa’s greatest dramatist Athol Fugard which painfully mirrors our own experience of a world where trust is broken.
Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play of the Year, A Lesson from Aloes now receives its long overdue first UK production for 35 years.