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In the Talking Dark


  • Playwright

    Dolores Walshe 

  • Setting

    Pretoria, South Africa, the late 1980s.

  • Synopsis

    A complex look at the horrors of South African apartheid and its destructive effects on family relations.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production the part of Jan Schuurman was played on alternate performances by two different actors.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Mia Schuurman Frances Tomelty
Piet Schuurman Terence Wilton
Jan Schuurman Joseph Murray
Jan Schuurman Stuart Pickering
Thulatu Mdala Norman Beaton
Paul Richardson Philip Anthony
Claus Schuurman Wolfe Morris
Babo Schuurman Jenny Quayle
Elijah Joseph Mydell
Samuel Alex Tettah-Lartey
James Andrew Francis
Sipho Wale Ojo
Vos/Reunart Peter Rutherford
Production Team  
Director Braham Murray
Designer Johan Engels
Lighting Robert Bryan
Dialect Coach Penny Dyer

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Felix de Wolfe

  • Address

    Manfield House,
    376-378 Strand,
    London, WC2R 0LR

  • Phone

    +44 - 020 - 7379 5767

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