Tribute to theatre veterans

Fahruq Valley-Omar will star in his one-man play, The Tree of Life.

The Artscape will pay homage to theatre veterans Fahruq Valley-Omar, Ivan Abrahams and Thoko Ntshinga in two productions this month.

Valley-Omar’s one-man play, The Tree of Life will be staged tomorrow, Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3, while Abrahams and Ntshinga will star in Hertzog Boulevard from Wednesday November 21 to Saturday November 24.

The Tree of Life is based on and inspired by the writings of Paulo Coelho and draws from various faiths and cultural traditions.

The production aims to create a greater awareness of the diversity of religion and cultural traditions in South Africa. Actor Zane Meas is in the director’s chair.

Hertzog Boulevard is both a tragedy and a love story with some added humour. Lazarus, played by Ivan Abrahams, has just returned to his old stomping ground after spending time in Pollsmoor prison for attempted murder. While incarcerated he converted to Christianity and became a preacher, but back on the streets he is forced to question whether he has really changed as much as he thought he had. He is re-discovered by his oldest friend, Dorcas (Ntshinga) who is a harsh realist, but fiercely protective of her long-time partner.Tree of Life is on Friday November 2, at 7.30pm, and Saturday November 3, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Hertzog Boulevard is in the Arena from Wednesday November 21 to Saturday November 24, at 7.30pm.