Critically acclaimed production The Parrot Woman returns to Market Theatre stages

By CityLIfe Arts Writer

The explosive hit production The Parrot Woman sees its revival as it returns to the Market Theatre stages for limited season! Charles J. Fourie’s critically acclaimed play The Parrot Woman returns to the Market Theatre after its premier in 1990. Set against the harsh backdrop of the Anglo-Boer war of the previous century this new production features award-wining stage and television actors Gontse Ntshegang and Andre Lotter.

In this new version of the play a woman of African descent is found on a farm with the dead bodies of a Boer farmer, his wife and children. The British soldier who guards this strange parrot woman reveals an even more painful and touching truth surrounding this mysterious and apparently mad woman’s relationship with the farmer, his wife and children.

South Africa’s leading contemporary playwright and director Fourie adapts The Parrot Woman to bring to life a part of history which is seldom told; that many black South Africans were also incarcerated in these concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer war in 1901.

Transferred to a concentration camp she is held captive in a cage and guarded by the unwilling British soldier who seeks the truth surrounding the murders in a game of ritual and escapism. What is disclosed in the touching end sheds light not only on the ravaging effects war has on humans today, but sees two characters find solace in each other’s pain and loss.


Writer and Director: Charles J Fourie

Lighting Designer: Wesley France

Set & Props Designer: Jade Bowers

Movement Coach: MoMo Matsunyane

Stage manager Ali Madiga

Stage manager intern Sanelisiwe Gumede


Andre Lotter as Venter

Gontse Ntshegang as Christina

Season: Friday 26 th – Sunday 25 th September 2022

Venue: The Mannie Manim

Performance times: Tuesday – Saturday @19h00 and Sunday @15h00

Ticket prices: Tuesday – Thursday R90

Friday – Saturday R150

Sunday – R130

To make block bookings and discounts please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/ 083 246 4950 or Bandile Luvalo 078 4344 860.

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