The world's broken people feature in Nongogo, Fugard's somewhat sobering yet entertaining play about a 1950's shebeen, in which society's misfits drink to remember - and drink to forget.
In every bar and every shebeen you'll find the broken characters of life. The misfits and the displaced, the hopeless and the loveless, trying to find solace or oblivion in the booze.
Those who profit from them are there too, often feeling no better about themselves than those they fleece.
That's the setting for Nongogo, an Athol Fugard play set in a 1950's shebeen but that hasn't dated. Queenie's shebeen is a magnet for malcontents, far from the joyful, musical versions many other plays have brought us.
Nongogo is a powerful and captivating piece rife with unfulfilled hopes and ambitions, friendship and dependence, dark secrets and jealousy.
Each of the five actors is enthralling to watch individually, and as an ensemble they deliver a delightful piece rich with flaring tempers, grim chuckles and wistful longings.
Queenie (Masasa Mbangeni) is a former hooker yearning to run a decent business and ashamed of the way she profits from the alcoholic patrons. Mbangeni plays her beautifully as tough but vulnerable, able...