Suddenly the Storm


Suddenly the Storm, Paul Slabolepszy’s highly acclaimed award-winning play is set in the far East Rand, the home of an ageing ex-cop and his much younger wife.  A Storm approaches…  Namhla Gumede, born on 16 June 1976 arrives, seeking answers to questions that have remained buried for 40 long years.  What begins as a smouldering dark comedy turns suddenly into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations, of rage and recrimination, before the storm finally breaks.

This is theatre that throws up a whirlwind of mixed emotions – greed, love, loss and healing – touching on distinctly South African topics that make this country so rich and rewarding for those who can brave its storms.

The production is directed by Bobby Heaney.  The experience and proven track record of both Slabolepszy and Heaney coming together once again creates the perfect storm of talent – powerful acting, inspired writing and incisive direction – promising to make this new production a truly memorable event.

17-27 June Theatre on The Bay Cape Town

Suddenly The Storm contains strong language and is recommended for 14+ age group

“This play will blow your mind and keep you transfixed….” -Diane de Beer-The Star Tonight

“Explosive, unexpected, satisfying and provocative..this is a play that offers real theatre, but also opens a door-to those who did not live it-to the realities and pain of 1976…Paul Slabolespszy delivers a towering performance…” Jenny de Klerk-Saturday Star

“Powerful and thought-provoking…this play will stay with you for a very long time…Slabolepszy is sharp. Stuurman deep and mysterious, while Weir-Smith delivers a full person with all her quirks and eccentricities…” Paul Boekkooi-Beeld

“Impeccable, compelling..this production crackles with energy under Bobby Heaney’s guiding hand…the perfect storm…” Peter feldman-Theatre Buzz

“Powerful and moving…a work of genius….” Redi Hlabi-Talk Radio 702

“This is serious drama..soaked through with the damaging legacy of apartheid…the play delivers a twist that both pleases and surprises…director Bobby Heaney keeps everything fast and tight..” Lesley Stones-The Daily Maverick

“Suddenly the Storm is an important and beautifully written work..Shakespearean splendour in this tale of exile and identity…” Robyn Sassen Blog

Running time: 110 minutes No Interval