time 20:00


Performance – Agony
Date – Saturday 04 November  2017
Time – 20H00
Price – R120.00 pp

In Loving Memory of Greg Melvill-Smith. 

Performed by Craig Morris

Directed by Megan Willson

Written by Iain Paton

Lighting Design by Barry Strydom

Running time  – 65minutes 

AGONY won a prestigious Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2017 National Arts Festival. 

Agony is something else. One of those masterfully written scripts. Craig Morris is, as always, exceptional. ‘Just go see it.’ — Sarah Roberson, The Critter

‘An excellent portrayal.’ – Lisl Griffioen, Cue Media 

‘Sophisticated, poignant deeply moving theatre’

Conceived by Greg Melvill-Smith (Isidingo) and Douglas Thistlewhite, written by Iain Paton, AGONY tells the story of Malcolm Leask, a man and his cats, coming to terms with where life has left him a dark, but ultimately redemptive experience.

Malcolm is portrayed by award-winning actor Craig Morris (Tartuffe, Op Soek Na General Mannetjies Mentz, Susters van Eva, Annale van ’n Windgatand Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny, which won a Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award, Naledi Award for Most Cutting Edge Production and nominated for Best Male Lead.)

Directed by Megan Willson, director, writer and CEO of a live event company, 360 Degrees Production House. In 2010 the company made it onto the list of Top 300 Black Empowered Companies in South Africa and Megan was awarded the Top Woman Entrepreneur Award. Megan directed Greg and Craig in Going Static in 2015, which was part of the triptych Simply Sapiens

Iain Paton has written for television for many years on shows such as Isidingo, The Wild, High Rollers, Isibaya and currently Isithembiso. Iain grew up with Greg, and keenly felt the need to finish the project Greg and Doug had begun before his untimely death.

Puppet design by Jenni-lee Crewe. A theatre designer and lecturer at UCT’s Departments of Drama & Dance where she is also pursuing PhD research in spatial politics. 

“Greg was far more than just a son-in-law to me. It is a real honour for me to have a team of this calibre to bring “Agony to fruition” – Doug Thistlewhite

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