Today, the wonderful South African actors, John Kani & Jack Klaff recorded over Zoom powerful extracts from The Rivonia Trial Tribunal play. This forms the very early stages of developing a full play:
Walter Sisulu: 'I wish you could live like us just for one day. Then you wouldn't say how good things are for us. '
[Please note, racist language is used in this extract from the Rivonia Trial Tribunal Play]
And here is another audio extract from after we finished recording. It gives the listener a bit of background and colour to the Rivonia Trial and its importance today.
For more information about the play and the R & D behind the play, please visit here.
John Kani was born in New Brighton, South Africa as Bonsile John Kani. He is an actor and writer, known for Black Panther (2018), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and The Lion King (2019). Won Broadway's 1975 Tony Award, along with his co-star Winston Ntshona, as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island." Was also nominated with Ntshona and Athol Fugard as co-authors in the Best Play nomination for the same production. Winston Ntshona, Athol Fugard and his play, "Size Banzi Is Dead & The Island," on Broadway in New York City was nominated for a 1975 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Play. He and Winston Ntshona were awarded the 1975 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actor for "Sizwe Banzi is Dead & the Island," on Broadway in New York City.
Jack Klaff is a South African-born actor, writer and academic. He has held professorships at Princeton University and Starlab, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and King David (1985).
Both Jack & John recently recorded on Zoom Catastrophe by Samuel Beckett directed by Matthew Hahn for The Peacock Theatre Festival for Civil Liberties.