Press Release: An Audience with Miss Hobhouse at Alexander Upstairs (3 - 8 Feb)

January 23, 2014

Director Christopher Weare's production of Tony Jackman's one-hander with Lynita Crofford in her Fleur du Cap Award-nominated role as Emily Hobhouse, whose efforts to make the British establishment grasp the injustices of their concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War ring familiar alarm bells today.


Crofford, in a performance that has won her many standing ovations, embodies both the stern passion of the Cornish crusader and the grim determination of Tant Alie, a Boer prisoner, to survive the war and the camps. Weare's placement of the story in the detritus of a ransacked Boer farmhouse brings an added poignancy to what Die Burger described as "a jewel" of a script. The production won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2013 and has also played in Johannesburg and at Clover Aardklop in Potchefstroom.


“This is not a history lesson. Rather, Jackman and Crofford breathe life into some very real characters and through them allow the audience some insight into a period fraught with many of the same tensions we’re experiencing today. Be sure to see this.” - Marina Griebenow

Christopher Weare is a member of The Mechanicals theatre collective which stages highly successful repertory seasons. He is Director of the Little Theatre and founder of the Intimate Theatre. Recent Fleur du Cap theatre awards nominations include Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2007) and Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman (2009). He was the recipient of the Fleur du Cap Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Work includes a well-received Chekhov season and his acclaimed direction of Vigil, by Morris Panych, for the Fugard Theatre.

Lynita Crofford has worked in theatre, film, television and radio for more than 25 years. She received a Fleur du Cap theatre award nomination last year for her role in An Audience with Miss Hobhouse, and earlier appeared in the international movies Safe House and Chronicles. She also works extensively as a voice artist and is a dialogue and voice coach and lecturer in acting and TV presenting at City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts in Cape Town.

Tony Jackman writes with irreverent humour in newspapers while also sub-editing and revising the work of his peers for newspapers throughout the country. He has published restaurant guides to the Cape's top restaurants, and while living in the UK edited and founded etc, an award-winning magazine whose template has since been used throughout the UK. His front pages for the West Sussex Gazette were nominated for a British Press Award. He has written three plays, of which 'Hobhouse' is the first to go into production. He is currently researching two new plays.


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