...it is a wonder and as fully immersive as theatre can get. I was blown away on all levels.... The entire piece is a masterclass ...It is also extremely funny and the first piece of theatre I've loved in a long time. A truly inspiring work.
A celebration of incredible talent! Bravo to everyone involved.
Brilliantly directed by Sylvaine Strike and starring a dream cast, it fulfilled my expectations on every level.To my mind, “The Promise” will not only stand as a highlight of Galgut’s career, but as the signature example of Strike’s seemingly never-ending capacity to plunge the depths of her imagination to present to us the beauty and depravity of the human condition, its strength and frailty, greed and generosity. Together with Sanda Shandu, Frank Opperman, Chuma Sopotela, Rob van Vuuren, Jane de Wet, Kate Normington, Albert Pretorius and Cintaine Schutte, Damon and Sylvaine have birthed a play that will stand for a long time as representative of the excellence of South African theatre currently.
An extraordinary, riveting, moving and wonderful piece of theatre. I was completely transported into the theatrical world of the characters through the richness of the text, brilliant direction, quirky and evocative design, and compelling performances. A must see!
Opening Night of The Promise On Stage at the Homecoming Centre (formerly Fugard Theatre) was an absolute WOW!!! If you are looking for exceptional physical, emotional and comical performances then the stellar cast of 'The Promise' will leave you speechless! I was captivated by the storytelling. It’s perfectly balanced between light and dark; compelling and comical; insightful and provocative.
A powerful piece of theatre about this country told with heart, humour and style... by Sylvaine Strike and her fantastic cast, who all deliver extraordinary performances. Set, lighting, costumes, soundscape all contribute brilliantly. While the production continually acknowledges Damon Galgut's acclaimed novel, this is a work that stands proudly on its own. Don't miss out.
Don’t miss this production – it makes for both an entertaining and very thought-provoking evening of great theatre.
The low-key mordant humour of the novel is turned into a sustained metatheatrical comic mode that serves as a counterpoint to the grim plotline.
Phenomenal theatre... it’s genius on every level
A bold rendering helmed by Sylvaine Strike.... it's like you've been hypnotised...The Promise, On Stage overflows with dynamic performances... The Promise, On Stage, remains an utterly unique theatrical experience...
A feat to behold..... Damon Galgut’s remarkable novel has lent itself so well to the medium of theatre. This show is a relevant South African story of epic proportions filled with comedy and tragedy, light and dark. Sylvaine Strike flips convention on its head in the most beautiful and thrilling ways, showing us everything theatre can be, if we are willing to listen and engage....Don’t miss it!
The set/lighting design is really clever, and serves to situate us in the twisty kind of space that the book inhabits. The sound/music is equally effective. And a veritable who’s who of Capetonian actors has been assembled to put this all together, not to mention the much lauded Sylvaine Strike at the helm. And she has certainly packed so many styles into the mix – satire, magic-realism, surrealism, tragedy, farce – from Brechtian snippets to stand-up comedy to socio-political commentary.
Die spelers lewer aanskoulike spel, elkeen blink uit in die talle rolle wat hulle speel....Dit is sekerlik die belangrikste teater wat vanjaar nog die planke getref het.
Absolute theatrical magic... brilliant