26 July 2021
We're excited to announce the cast of Athol Fugard’s Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act. JMK Award Winner Diane Page directs Scarlett Brookes, Richard Sutton and Shaq Taylor.
Scarlett Brookes plays Frieda Joubert. Her theatre credits include Tryst (Chiswick Playhouse), Blood Wedding (Young Vic), The Taming of the Shrew (Sherman Theatre), Meek, Junkyard (Headlong), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), Educating Rita (Oldham Coliseum), The Merchant of Venice, Othello, I Can Hear You, This Is Not and The Ant and the Cicada (RSC), Our Big Land (Romany Theatre Company), To Kill a Mockingbird (Royal Exchange Theatre), Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre), and Love and Information (Royal Court Theatre). For television, her credits include Call The Midwife, The Feed, Kiri, Damned and The Scandalous Lady W.
Richard Sutton plays Detective Sergeant du Preez. His theatre credits include Ghost Stories (Lyric Hammersmith), Transmissions (Birmingham Rep), Tall Phoenix (Belgrade Theatre Coventry), Confusion (Funny Bones Productions), Albert Make Us Laugh (Birmingham Library Theatre), Charley’s Aunt (Stoke Repertory Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Union Theatre), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aberystwyth Arts Centre). For television, his credits include The Terror, Line of Duty, The Crown and Humans, Gigglebiz, Silent Witness, The Missing and Boomers.
Shaq Taylor plays Errol Philander. Hi theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Orpheus, A House Music Opera (Young Vic), Girl from the North Country (Gielgud Theatre/Toronto), Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Hadestown (National Theatre), Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse) and Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre).
Completing the creative team is Designer Niall McKeever, Lighting Designer Rajiv Pattani, and Sound Designer and Composer Esther Kehinde Ajayi. Casting Consultant is Sophie Parrott CDG and Casting Consultant Sarah Murray.
Continuing our partnership with the JMK Award, the production previews from 28 August. It will also be livestreamed via OT on Screen on 23 and 24 September.
Frieda and Errol meet in darkness. Theirs is a love story that can never thrive in the light.
A relationship interrupted, by white supremacist law.
And then at the end as at the beginning, they will find you again.
A play about then that speaks to now.
A vital part of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, playwright Athol Fugard’s prolific career spans seven decades. In 2019 we produced his play Blood Knot: “Compelling... Feels just as relevant, and resonant, for our times” (The Guardian). His other plays include “Master Harold”...and the Boys, The Road to Mecca, Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island.
Diane Page's recent credits include Out West (co-director - Lyric Hammersmith), Ghost Stories (Associate Director - West End & UK Tour), and Bartholomew Fair (Assistant Director - Shakespeare’s Globe).