I See You premieres at the Royal Court

Tags: New Writing Programming

Connect ZA support of the Royal Court’s new writing programme in South Africa leads to the first Royal Court and Market Theatre co-production

  • Jordan Baker (Skinn) and Bayo Gbadamosi (Ben): Photograph: Johan Persson
  • Jordan Baker (Skinn) and Bayo Gbadamosi (Ben) in the dark. Photograph: Johan Persson
  • Desmond Dube (Buthelezi), Sibusiso Mamba (Masinga) and Bayo Gbadamosi (Ben). Photograph: Johan Perrson
  • Desmond Dube (Buthelezi), Bayo Gbadamosi (Ben) and Lunga Radebe(Shabangu). Photograph: Johan Persson
  • Bayo Gbadamosi (Ben) and Jordan Baker (Skinn). Photograph: Johan Persson

I See You, a new play written by South African playwright Mongiwekhaya and directed by Noma Dumezweni, opened at the Royal Court in February 2016 and will transfer to the Market Theatre, Johannesburg in April and to The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town in May.

The Royal Court and Market Theatre co-production was presented as part of the International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation project. The play was developed during the Royal Court’s new writing project in South Africa which started in 2013 and was supported by the British Councils Connect ZA programme for two years.

Based on a real encounter, I See You is set after dark in Post-Apartheid South Africa and addresses the questions of a new generation of South Africans encountering their country’s traumatised past. According to the Guardian’s review, “the complexities of post-apartheid South Africa are powerfully portrayed in Mongiwekhaya’s fine thriller”.

Connect ZA supports connections between young people aged 18-35 in both the UK and South Africa with a series of arts projects, making use where possible of advances in digital platforms to build networks of emerging creative talent in music, film, visual art and design.


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