Directed by Peter Brook, based on the novel by Can Themba. Together with his frequent collaborators Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk, veteran stage director Peter Brook has set a short story by South African author Can Themba, to the stage.
Set in 1950s Johannesburg, Themba’s short story is based upon a simple idea: Philemon worships his wife, Matilda. Despite the grinding daily insult of life in segregated Johannesburg, Philemon is a happy man. Then he learns that Matilda has a lover who escapes from her bedroom leaving his suit behind on a hanger.
He takes revenge by making the suit a member of the marital household, even giving it a seat at the dinner table. In a stunning climax, he brings the suit to a party that has hitherto been a scene of defiant joy. This final action has tragic consequences, which you then realise have been foretold throughout.
This production has been performed in London and elsewhere to critical acclaim.
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