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The Space: Theatre of Survival

About the film

South Africa, 1972: The oppression of the apartheid led government brutalised the black and non-white population groups, removing anyone deemed an antagonist to the regime. From incarceration and vicious beatings to the blatant murder of the innocent by the police, the unrest in South Africa is palpable. On returning from a trip to London, Brian Astbury, a young photographer, garners the support of his wife and Actress, Yvonne Bryceland, and Playwright, Director and Actor, Athol Fugard, to open the first racially inclusive arts venue in South Africa. The Space Theatre was born.


Dan Poole, Mark Street


Brian Astbury, Mark Street


James Earl Jones, Bill Anderson, Brian Astbury, John Kani, Pieter-Dirk Uys


Bonus Content

Directors Mark Street & Dan Poole as well as the unique and talented actor, Pieter-Dirk Uys, are interviewed by singer, actor Mignon Lee-Warden. They speak of their unique connections to The Space Theatre, the theatre that survived and thrived and humanised the landscape of apartheid South Africa.

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