Book Tickets

Thu 31st October – Saturday 2nd November 7.30pm

Elysium Theatre Company in association with
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham present the northern premiere of:

PLAYLAND  by Athol Fugard
with Danny Solomon and Faz Singhateh & Graham Eaglesham as the voice of ‘Barking Barney’ Barkhuizen
Directed by Jake Murray Designed by Louis Price

“ʺForgive me or kill me. That’s the only choice you got.ʺ

South Africa, New Year’s Eve 1989: a new country is about to born. On a run down funfair somewhere in the wilderness two men confront each other, one white, one black, both with blood on their hands. As night draws in, both must face what they have done, and work out their paths to redemption through their own process of truth and reconciliation.

Athol Fugard is South Africa’s greatest living dramatist (“The voice of the conscience of his nation” – the Spectator) whose plays have been performed and filmed all over the world. ‘Playland’ is a dark and beautiful testimony to the power of the human spirit.

This northern premiere of Athol Fugard’s ‘Playland’ comes to the Empty Space Theatre, Manchester from the same team that brought you ‘Miss Julie’ (Hope Mill Theatre), ‘Jesus Hopped The A Train’ (HOME) and ‘Days Of Wine And Roses (53two).

Special Q&A with cast and creatives after the show Oct 25


Thu 31st October– Sat 2nd November October 7.30pm

Tickets £10.50 (concessions £8.50)

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