Writer : Athol Fugard
Director : Jack McNamara
Designer : Hyemi Shin
Lighting Designer : Azusa Ono
Sound Designer : Adam McCready (Poetical Machines Ltd)
New Year's Eve. An amusement park. Two strangers meet in the dead of night. Welcome to Playland...
In the heart of rural South Africa, a travelling amusement park has opened its gates. With the country in the grips of a brutal apartheid regime, the park promises an evening of thrills and laughter.
Martinus, a black South African, is the amusement park's night-watchman. Gideon, a white Afrikaner and ex-serviceman, has come along for a good night out. When they find themselves face to face, their encounter is charged with history and danger.
Athol Fugard is one of the world's most performed living playwrights, and a fearless chronicler of South Africa and its troubled history. Playland is one of his most personal and rarely performed plays; gripping, comic and deeply moving.
Suitable for 16+ years. Contains strong language and descriptions of a violent and sexual nature
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Target audience age: 16+ years
Running time: 90 mins
Interval length: 20 mins