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Solomon And Marion (Baxter Theatre Centre and Assembly)

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2013

This powerful play, like much Post-Apartheid South African fiction, asks whether history has left a rift that can’t be healed. The young Solomon holds on to hope for the future, contrasting with the ageing Marion who has lost belief in progress. Solomon fears Marion is wasting away, perhaps due to her fears for South Africa’s future. The performances demonstrate how people talk when they still remember being kept apart. Solomon perceives racism when Marion addresses him as “my boy”, while she is ashamed by the notion of her superiority when he calls her “miss”. The play carefully allows some humour into this serious subject, though it remains fiercely unafraid of looking at the ongoing reality of life in South Africa.

Assembly Hall, until 26 Aug (not 12, 19), 2.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Michael Black]