Thought-provoking play

■ Louis Viljoen’s new play, The Eulogists will run at the Fugard Theatre from Tuesday May 30 until Saturday June 24. Viljoen is the Fugard Theatre’s writer in residence and The Eulogists marks his first offering in this position. In The Eulogists, the world media has descended on a small town to wait for a great statesman to die. Audrey, a flash-in-the-pan author who once had access to the leader and profited from it, has holed herself up in a room around the corner from the dying man’s family home. With her is Zee, an ambitious researcher who dreams of breaking an exclusive story about the leader’s past, and cabin fever has begun to set in. Thrown into this volatile situation is Harris, a correspondent for an American radio station who brings with him a few bottles of wine and a plan to end the boredom. Each of these three people have their own reasons for being stuck in this town and as the truth emerges, the inevitability of losing a person who represents hope becomes an unbearable burden. The show has an age restriction of 16 for language.Viljoen partners with his long-time collaborator Greg Karvellas as director. Tickets cost from R120 to R160. Book through Computicket. Pictured, from left, are Kiroshan Naidoo, Pierre Malherbe and Emily Child in The Eulogists.