Howard Barker’s 'Scenes from an Execution' and the pursuit for truth

South African actress Jennifer Steyn has returned to the Baxter Theatre stage in Howard Barker’s Scenes from an Execution, at the Baxter Theatre.

The story is centered on Galactia, an artist who is commissioned by the Venetian republic to create a painting celebrating the triumph of Venice at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, but defies the directive and portrays what she perceives to be the truth surrounding the war.

Steyn spoke to John Maytham about the artist's said pursuit for truth and how it can be translated in South African politics.

One is coming from home, off the streets, off the pages of the news and one is invigorated to want to grapple with what the truth is and the truth seems to become more and more elusive as we proceed in our history globally and locally….

Jennifer Steyn, actress

This play is a real grappling with what the truth is.

Jennifer Steyn, actress

Click below to listen to the full interview...


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Star Wars' disciple on why you should watch 'The Last Jedi'

Star Wars' disciple on why you should watch 'The Last Jedi'

Film reviewer and Star Wars fanatic JP Sebastian says the Walt Disney Co movie is a cinematic experience unlike no other.

Top rules for renting out property

Top rules for renting out property

SAProperty.com's Sunell Afrika has shared her expert advice for both property owners and tenants.

A dark Christmas for commuters taking the Golden Arrow bus

A dark Christmas for commuters taking the Golden Arrow bus

‘The transport sales providers tend to take advantage of festive season times and increase prices to make a profit' - Dalton Ndongeni

All eyes on UN after ICC reports Jordan for failing to detain Al-Bashir

All eyes on UN after ICC reports Jordan for failing to detain Al-Bashir

The International Criminal Court reported Jordan to the United Nations Security Council for not arresting the Sudanese leader.

Reconfiguring provinces, municipal funding model up for review at ANC conference

Reconfiguring provinces, municipal funding model up for review at ANC conference

As the ANC elective conference draws near, the party is holding a media briefing on governance and legislature.

SA desires united country, but trust in public institutions has dropped - report

SA desires united country, but trust in public institutions has dropped - report

Citizens are more optimistic about the potential for a unified society, the 2017 SA Reconciliation Barometer Survey shows.

Popular articles
'This puts pressure on Jacob Zuma to vacate office earlier'

'This puts pressure on Jacob Zuma to vacate office earlier'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Daniel Silke, Political Economy Analyst at Political Futures Consultancy.

Judge Mlambo: Zuma's application amounts to abuse of judicial process

Judge Mlambo: Zuma's application amounts to abuse of judicial process

EWN Barry Bateman explains the High Court proceeding on President Zuma's application to set aside parts of Madonsela's report.

It's chicken for Joburgers and Durbanites, but what do Capetonians feast on?

It's chicken for Joburgers and Durbanites, but what do Capetonians feast on?

Stephen Grootes spoke to founder and CEO of OrderIn to find out more about South African's eating habits.

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Watch the Guptas pack their bags and run in Nando's inspiring new advertisement.

PSG Chair Jannie Mouton opens up (kind of) about Steinhoff

PSG Chair Jannie Mouton opens up (kind of) about Steinhoff

In 2012 Steinhoff acquired 20% of wealth manager PSG, reportedly infuriating Mouton. Bruce Whitfield interviews him.

[LISTEN] Caller challenges Eusebius on land disposition

[LISTEN] Caller challenges Eusebius on land disposition

‘I need you to provide me with an answer' - John from Edenvale, Gauteng