Curated By Harriet Walter


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by Moira Buffini

Moira Buffini's outrageous comedy Dinner started life in the National Theatre's Loft in 2002, and became her first West End smash. In this brand new production, adapted by the writer for Drama on 3, Harriet Walter returns to the role she created: Paige, the hostess and architect of an evening which her guests will never forget. Two other original leads, Nicholas Farrell and Penny Downie, and four new cast members, join her in this viciously black chamber piece about appetite, which will make you think twice about ever accepting another invitation to dinner. Part of the BBC On Stage season.

Moira Buffini's Olivier award-winning comedy about the relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher, Handbagged, is currently on national tour, after the original Tricycle production directed by Indhu Rubasingham became a sell-out West End run. And her collaboration with Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris, the gaming musical, is about to open at the National Theatre, having headlined the Manchester International Festival this year. These, along with her screenplays for movies Jane Eyre (directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga), Tamara Drewe (directed by Stephen Frears) and Byzantium (directed by Neil Jordan), and her previous play for the National, the political fable Welcome to Thebes (directed by Richard Eyre), have all demonstrated Buffini's appetite for political engagement, fast-moving wit, and a delight in satirising our own times.

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Harriet Walter's curated season ends with an acclaimed theatre production from the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and later seen in London and New York. Based on Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's book, Nicholas Wright's play explores the relationship between the psychologist and Eugene de Kock, the apartheid regime's most notorious assassin. Part of the BBC On Stage season.

Sound design by Christopher Shutt

Produced for the Fugard Theatre by Eric Abraham

1997. Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela prepares to sit opposite the notorious Eugene de Kock, nicknamed 'Prime Evil', the head of the apartheid regime's death squads. A member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Madikizela questions de Kock who is serving a 212 year sentence for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud. She is determined to try to understand what motivated de Kock's actions. One is reminded of European writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt's endeavour to understand the nature of evil when she wrote about the Nazi holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann's trial in Israel in 1961.

'A Human Being Died That Night' is based on Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's best-selling book of the same name and explores, through her extraordinary prison interviews with de Kock, how a fundamentally moral person could become a mass murderer.

South African born Nicholas Wright is one of Britain's foremost playwrights and has written regularly for the National Theatre. His plays include 'Vincent in Brixton' (Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play 2003), 'The Last of the Duchess' (2011), 'Travelling Light' (2012) and recently a dramatisation of Pat Barker's 'Regeneration' (2014).