ST GEORGE’S Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, 1950.
On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practise their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship.
Hally arrives from school to hide out in his parents’ tea room. These two men have been unlikely best friends to Hally his whole life. But it is apartheid era South Africa: he’s Master Harold, and they are the boys.
Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical and blistering masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love.
Tackling themes surrounding inbred racism and merging comedic elements with scenes that evoke a deep sense of consternation, Master Harold and the Boys is the classic that requires no new twist, no new spin, just an appreciation of outstanding playwriting on an unforgettable period during the worlds history. With actors that deliver first class performances it’s a show not to be missed.
Playing now until December 17 2019
More info and tickets: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/master-harold-and-the-boys