Blood Knot

BY ATHOL FUGARD
8 March 2019 — 20 April 2019

Nominated for 5 Off West End Awards

★★★★ "Compelling... Feels just as relevant, and resonant, for our times... Nathan McMullen and Kalungi Ssebandeke both give striking performances" The Guardian

★★★★ "Athol Fugard’s 1961 play about two brothers divided by race gets a tough and tender revival... Matthew Xia’s staging exerts a real, raw power" Time Out

★★★★ “Athol Fugard has a genius for marrying the epic and the intimate… Beautifully acted — tender and bruising… fiercely focused and devastatingly effective.” The Times

One fine day, you wait and see. We’ll pack our things in something and get the hell out of here.

It’s been a year since Morrie returned to Port Elizabeth to live with his brother Zach. They share childhood memories of their mother, yet have wildly contrasting life experiences due to their different fathers.

Morrie wants to take them away from their township shack, buy a small farm and make a new life. To take their minds off the struggle, they decide Zach needs a pen pal. But who should it be? An innocent game can quickly go wrong...

As things get complicated, the stakes rise: can they free themselves from the enduring prejudices provoked by the different shades of their skin?

We’re tied together. It’s what they call the blood knot . . . the bond between brothers.

A vital part of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, playwright Athol Fugard’s prolific career spans seven decades. His work includes The Island, The Road to Mecca and “Master Harold”… and the Boys.

“My real territory as a dramatist is the world of secrets with their powerful effect on human behaviour and the trauma of their revelation.” Athol Fugard

Matthew Xia won the Genesis Future Director award with his production of Fugard’s Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young
Vic, where he also directed Blue/Orange.

“Matthew Xia’s stylishly stark, brilliantly acted production is extraordinary.” The Times on Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Nominated for the Off West Awards for Male Performance in a Play (Kalungi Ssebandeke), Director (Matthew Xia), Set Design (Basia Bińkowska), Lighting Design (Ciarán Cunningham) and Sound Design (Xana).

“How chillingly relevant this play is to today” actor Kalungi Ssebandeke talks to Love London Love Culture

Running time 2 hours 25 minutes, including an interval

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Photos by Richard Hubert Smith