The play is set in Marikana and focuses on a migrant relationship between a father and his son. It takes us inside a hostel room where we “examine how the loss of his mother, his father’s wife who had been the moral fibre of their family, has forced the two males to confront the generational gap between them”. Through this confrontation, we explore what it means to be a working class man and a father, in today’s South Africa.
“It is an important play to see, regardless of what genre you prefer”
“The Man In The Green Jacket is bold. It doesn’t apologise for being hard-hitting and is effortless in it’s humour and charm (a bit like Eliot to be honest). It speaks volumes about the state of not only South Africa but the world. The issues of badly distributed power and wealth are ones that we see everywhere: Spain, Ukraine, Brazil, London…Everywhere. The power to speak politically from one corner of the world and touch many others in a very private and personal way is quite rare to find in a story and this play does this.”
The Man In The Green Jacket was performed at the Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg, National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and Jermyn Street Theatre, London, where it was directed by Roy Alexander Weise.