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A benchmark of excellence.
– The Telegraph
Mies Julie is South African theatre-maker Yael Farber’s unforgettable representation of the echoes of injustice in a post-traumatic society.
Twenty-three years after the end of apartheid, the white daughter of a landowner and the black son of her father’s servant wage love and war in the kitchen of a desolated South African farmstead, living the tensions and traumas of contemporary South Africa. Through Farber’s incisive vision, August Strindberg’s classic story of class and gender in conflict comes to startling new life.
Yael Farber is one of the major voices of contemporary South Africa. Over the last decade, she has earned a global reputation for her devastating portraits of human nature. Her Mies Julie was the unqualified favourite of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at its international premiere in 2012. Presented by World Stage in 2014, it remains one of the most sought-after touring productions in the world.
Yael Farber is a multiple award-winning director and playwright of international acclaim. Her productions have toured the world extensively in the last 10 years – earning her a reputation for hard-hitting, controversial works of the highest artistic standard.
The Baxter Theatre Centre is a performing arts complex in Rondebosch, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. The Baxter Theatre Centre provides an exciting forum for the celebration of life, which is the essence of live theatre, music and dance. It is one of the major live theatre venues in Cape Town and has always been at the forefront of the performing arts – both as a popular venue and as a leading producer. The Baxter, as it is often known, is part of the University of Cape Town.
Yaël Farber’s acclaimed adaptation of August Strindberg’s canonical script takes up decolonization movements, politics, and casting. Setting Miss Julie in the context of a rural South African farm during festivals celebrating emancipation from apartheid, this engagement with the unequal privileges and desires of Xhosa and Afrikaans characters collides in what is perhaps the most well-known contemporary version of this classic work. Join VK Preston for a pre-performance conversation on Mies Julie focusing on intersectional approaches to dramaturgy and the canon.
Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.
Hosted by Salvatore Antonio
Salvatore Antonio is a Governor-General’s Award nominated playwright and actor. His most recent play ‘Sheets’, just finished a successful run at The Theatre Centre. He was last seen on stage playing the title-role in ‘Botticelli In The Fire’ by Jordan Tannahill. Salvatore is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.