Macabre, an immersive theatre experience

Tuesday Jun 6 - Saturday Jun 10    
Set in modern-day South Africa, this gripping, avant-garde, site-orientated play delves into the experience of ageing and abandonment, tackling a number of key themes of our contemporary experience of democratic South Africa.

A story of guilt, loss and remorse sparked by the dramatic collision of two characters, Macabre powerfully tackles issues of ageism and racism. Billed as an immersive theatre experience, this intimate production unfolds at a specially selected performance site in Auckland Park. For this reason, seats are limited. 

Acclaimed actors Judy Ditchfield and Fezile Mpela take on the roles of Maude and Abel, with compositions and accompaniment by musician Matthew MacFarlane.

Well-known actor Fezile Mpela stars in this site-specific production, Macabre
Well-known actor Fezile Mpela stars in the site-specific production, Macabre. Photo: UJ Arts & Culture.

"Writing the script for Macabre has been an exciting journey and where I, as playwright, would normally have been done, and the production be completely in the hands of the director, designer, and actors. The immersive nature and site-oriented positioning of the work requires more sustained involvement that is extremely fulfilling and rewarding." – Playwright, Pieter Jacobs. 

This is a suspenseful, psychological drama, written by award-winning playwright and UJ Arts & Culture Head of Division, Pieter Jacobs. The play is directed by Jade Bowers based on the direction of the play’s first director, Gopala Davies. The production has been designed by Karabo Legoabe.

Macabre is presented by UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture (FADA).

The production takes place at 53A Twickenham Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Macabre runs from Tue 6 June – Sat 10 June, 18:30 for 19:00. 


19:00 Jun 6 2023 - Jun 10 2023

Price/Additional Info

Tickets cost R150

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