The Drama Factory presents The Unlikely Secret Agent, created by writer, actor and director Paul du Toit based on Ronnie Kasril’s Alan Paton award-winning book
The play is set in 1963, South Africa, when the country was on a knife-edge with political protest, sabotage and violence. Government forces of the Apartheid regime, under Hendrik Verwoerd, brutally suppress resistance, while the feared Special Branch of the police arrest anyone suspected of being involved in underground activities.
The play tells a true story of bravery and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and stars Erika Marais, winner of an Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, in the role of Eleanor, Kasril’s wife.
The cast also includes du Toit as Ronnie himself, Ntlanhla Morgan Kutu, making his professional theatre debut, Gideon Lombard (Kyknet’s Suidooster Treknet and on stage Stressed to Kill, Orpheus in Africa) and Sanda Shandu, multi-talented actor and TV star (Netflix’s “The Kissing Booth” and SA’s “Skemerdans”).
The plot focuses on Eleanor, an unassuming, young single mother who is arrested in Griggs Bookstore where she works in Durban and taken for questioning. The police are on the hunt for her lover, the notorious “terrorist”, Red Ronnie Kasrils.
Copies of The Unlikely Secret Agent by Ronnie Kassrils are on sale in the foyer at a cost of R240 (cash).
Venue: The Drama Factory, 10 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park, Somerset West
Cost: R130 to R160