In 1972 at the height of the apartheid struggle in South Africa, a group of artists risked everything to build a safe theatre space dedicated to all freedoms—artistic, social and political.
'The Space', born from the unremitting efforts of the government to silence all opposition, became the ‘Theatre of Survival’ for the voices of all artists - a place where, no matter the colour of their skin, they could be seen and heard. The groundbreaking work of these artists reverberated worldwide at a time when the price of their artistic freedom was incarceration or worse.
Featuring Athol Fugard (the most performed playwright in the world after Shakespeare), Tony award-winners John Kani and Winston Ntshona, satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys, Academy Award winner Richard E. Grant, and many more, The Space is the definitive record of the Cape Town theatre with a mission to oppose Apartheid and champion freedom of expression.
Co-directors Dan Poole and Mark Street will join us for a Q&A on 21st April.
This screening will be in memory of Brian Astbury, founder of The Space theatre
14th November 1941 - 5th March 2020