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Afternoon Tea with Athol Fugard and Paula Fourie

27 April @ 16:00 - 16:45 BST

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Grab a cuppa and get to know playwright, novelist, actor and director, Athol Fugard. Athol will be joined by his wife and creative partner, poet & director, Paula Fourie, who will both be in conversation with writer Barney Norris to discuss their work and career, offering a glimpse into their creative routine.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Barney Norris (2 mins)
  • Introductions from Athol Fugard and Paula Fourie with a glimpse into their creative routines (30 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (10 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (3 mins)
  • This event will be moderated by Sophia Jackson – Head of Events, SoA


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The Line-up

Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard is a renowned playwright, director and occasional actor. His work spans the period of apartheid through the first democratic elections, and into present-day South Africa. He has written close to forty plays, including Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, “Master Harold” … and the boys, The Road to Mecca, The Train Driver, and The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. His most recent play (co-written with Paula Fourie), Concerning the Life of Babyboy Kleintjies, was premiered in Stellenbosch in 2022.

 Many of his works have been turned into films: Tsotsi, based on his 1980 novel of the same name, won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. One of the most performed playwrights in the world, Athol is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award and the prestigious Praemium Imperiale global arts prize for Theatre/Film awarded by the Japan Art Association.

 At 90, he continues to write from his cottage in the Cape Winelands, South Africa, where he lives with his wife, Paula Fourie, and their daughter, Halle.


Paula Fourie

Born in 1985 to a family in the diplomatic service, Paula Fourie spent the majority of her childhood in Europe and the US, returning to South Africa without having witnessed first-hand the turbulent final years of apartheid. She went on to receive her BMus and MMus degrees from the University of Pretoria and her PhD from Stellenbosch University. Today, she holds fellowships at the Bern University of the Arts and the Africa Open Institute at Stellenbosch University.

Paula is the author of Mr Entertainment: The Story of Taliep Petersen (LAPA/Penguin Random House South Africa, 2022). She is also an occasional theatre director and the co-author (with Athol Fugard) of the play Concerning the Life of Babyboy Kleintjies, premiered in Stellenbosch in 2022. Her poetry has appeared in several journals including New Contrast, Stanzas and New Coin.


Barney Norris

Barney Norris’s work has received awards from the International Theatre Institute, the Critics’ Circle, the Evening Standard, the Society of Authors and the South Bank Sky Arts Times Breakthrough Awards, among others, and been translated into eight languages. His plays include Visitors, Eventide, While We’re Here, Nightfall, The Wellspring and an acclaimed adaptation of Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day; his novels are Undercurrent, The Vanishing Hours, Turning For Home and Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain.

Barney is a member of the SoA’s Scriptwriters Committee.

Twitter: @barnontherun | Website: www.barneynorris.com


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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
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  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 45 minutes

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27 April
16:00 - 16:45 BST
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