Master Harold And The Boys

By Athol Fugard, starring Leon Addison Brown, Keith David, and Bobby Steggart.

One of theatre's most acclaimed playwrights finds humor and heartbreak in the friendship of Harold, a 17-year-old white boy in 1950s South Africa, and the two middle-aged black servants who raised him.

Racism unexpectedly shatters Harold's childhood and friendships in this absorbing, affecting coming-of-age play.

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On a wet and windy 1950s afternoon in the St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, waiters Sam and Willie are practising their dance steps, unaware that the owner's son, Hally, who grew up with them, is about to change their relationship forever.

Athol Fugard's semi-autobiographical play asks who is really the master - and who the boys?

Recorded on location in South Africa.

Sam - Wiseman Sithole

Hally - Andrew Laubscher

Willie - Sizwe Msutu

Director: Marion Nancarrrow

This new production of Fugard's masterpiece, which opened on Broadway in 1982 and subsequently won the Drama Desk, London Critics' Circle and London Evening Standard awards for best play, has been recorded on location in South Africa with a South African cast.

Athol Fugard introduces the play himself, from his home in America, the country where it was first performed and talks movingly about its first performance in South Africa, about why he wrote it and about himself as its central character, performing an act which he says he will regret "until his dying day".

The play is regarded as one of the seminal plays dealing with issues of Apartheid and Fugard talks of his desire to record the truth of the situation with as much accuracy as memory would allow him.

Recorded in Cape Town, the new cast (some of whom weren't born when the play first premiered) includes Wiseman Sithole, best known in South Africa for his role as Lucky in the TV drama series "Shooting Stars" and nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Glass Roots".

His theatre productions include "Hamlet" and "Cry the Beloved Country".

Previous radio credits include dramas for Bush Radio and SAFM.

Andrew Laubscher graduated from UCT with a Diploma in Theatre in 2007.

This is his second role for radio and he recorded it whilst starring in the comedy "Is it Because I'm Jack?" at the On Broadway Theatre, Cape Town.

Sizwe Msutu is well-known in South Africa for his roles as Detective Inspector Hlomla in the SABC1 TV drama series "Interrogation Room" and in the Xhosa film "Goodbye Bafana".

Also a director, Sizwe has worked extensively in both South Africa and the UK and directs as well as acts.

A new production of Athol Fugard's award-winning masterpiece, recorded in South Africa.

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By Athol Fugard, starring Leon Addison Brown, Keith David, and Bobby Steggart.

One of theatre's most acclaimed playwrights finds humor and heartbreak in the friendship of Harold, a 17-year-old white boy in 1950s South Africa, and the two middle-aged black servants who raised him.

Racism unexpectedly shatters Harold's childhood and friendships in this absorbing, affecting coming-of-age play.