Tuesday, 4 August 2020

The Rivonia Trial Audio Recording with John Kani & Jack Klaff

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.[1] 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.


Thursday, 30 July 2020

The Peacock Theatre Festival for Civil Liberties

The coronavirus outbreak has demanded unprecedented economic, social and public health measures to be put in place by governments across the globe to tackle the spread of the pandemic. But governments worldwide are alarmingly choosing to implement additional draconian authoritarian measures under the pretext of the crisis, rather than the policies needed to protect people. The theatre needs to be clear that our civil liberties are not up for negotiation and organise in defence of them.

The Common Air Theatre Company is curating a virtual theatre festival, The Peacock Festival of Civil Liberties, as part of wider solidarity against any such authoritarian creep in the UK and abroad. The name of the festival derives from the phrase that is used to describe the creep currently occurring in Hungary under Viktor Orban. As he explains, his Peacock Dance is a choreographed dance carefully executed which is intended to fool his negotiating partners. His ‘dance’ posits that after removing 100% of our freedoms, gaining back 80% of these freedoms will feel like ‘normalcy’ with scant realisation that the goalpost has moved.

For the online festival, we are seeking fully produced new & old work that addresses this authoritarian creep [no more than 15 minutes in length]. Please be in touch if you would be interested in being involved in this project - HAHN@HOTMAIL.CO.UK.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020


WriteNow Berlin is a playwriting community based in Berlin that inspires and encourages people to put their ideas on paper in the most engaging and daring way. 

They recently had a play competition and I was fortunate enough to direct from afar the play The Sanctuary. 

The entire festival can be seen here:

I am looking forward to seeing the other nine pieces at the premiere on Friday 31 July.