Belfast stage company moves John Maytham in play "Those You Pass On The Street"

CapeTalk presenter John Maytham is at the National Arts Festival 2016 and reflects on the production "Those You Pass On The Street".

The Grahamstown Festival is a celebration of the best of creative South Africa. But there are international works of great quality to be seen.

There are often comparisons made between the conflicts of apartheid South Africa, and sectarian northern Ireland. Those You Pass On The Street, a memorably moving performance by the Kabosh theatre company from Belfast, makes the difficulties of post conflict reconciliation in that part of the world vividly familiar to a south african audience.

And the discussion after the performance crystallises those similarities even more. Director and actress, Paula McFetridge speaks of the universality of grief; the universality of loss; the importance of bearing witness; the way theatre can highlight the neglected pain of 'ordinary' people who have been through conflict.

It's an evening of provocation and inspiration; an evening that lingers in the mind and the soul long after the house lights have come up.

Image credit: CuePix/Danielle O'Neill - NAF 2016

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