The Black and Blue theatrical play produced by The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company will be returning to Johannesburg’s Market Theatre from 28 September to 1 November.
The long-awaited hit story about loss, love, healing and gardening is directed by James Cuningham and stars Sylvaine Strike as well as Atandwa Kani.
Performed in a detailed, heightened style, every second of Mrs Swart’s existence is alarmingly magnified. Paranoid of life beyond the four walls of her blue house, and stifling in the blue fog of her grief, she eventually succumbs to the persuasive knocking at her door.
The angelic arrival of Jackson Siboiboi, who seeks to work as a gardener in her abandoned garden, initiates a relationship that blossoms through fragility and a change of heart.
“Set in suburbia, this piece gently observes the complexities of this country’s ongoing master and servant relationships,” said Cuningham, who devised the play in collaboration with Helen Iskander.
“Black and Blue comes full circle to the festival a decade later, a nostalgic return for old patrons and an electrifying theatrical revelation for a new generation.”
Critically acclaimed at the National Arts Festival 2004 where Black and Blue received pick of the Fringe and played to packed out houses, 2014 marks the 10th year anniversary of Black & Blue.
Perhaps the play most recognisable as the work that truly launched Sylvaine Strike’s theatrical signature, and won her the Naledi best Actress in a Comedy 2004, and Fleur du Cap nomination in the same category.