Master Harold...and the Boys

by Athol Fugard
May 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 at 7.30pm, Matinee May 31 at 2.00pm
Goodwood Institute, 166a Goodwood Road Goodwood

“If you really want to know, that’s why I made you that kite. I wanted you to look up, and be proud of something. Of yourself.” 

Johannesburg, 1950. The start of the Apartheid era.

Seventeen-year-old schoolboy, Harold, lives with his mother. His brutal, alcoholic father is in the hospital. His best friends are Sam and Willie, two African waiters in his mother’s tea-room. His fondest childhood memory is of Sam making, and teaching him to y a kite.

One rainy afternoon, with no customers, Sam and Willie are practising ballroom dancing, while Harold tries to do his homework. His mother rings to say that his father is coming home from hospital.

In panic, the boy unleashes on his two friends years of anger, pain and the vicarious racism from his father – threatening to damage forever the only relationship that has sustained him.

The play is considered Athol Fugard’s masterpiece.