Bongile Mantsai and Hilda Cronje in Yael Farber's adaptation of Miss Julie. Photo by Murdo MacLeod.
Bongile Mantsai and Hilda Cronje in Yael Farber's adaptation of Miss Julie. Photo by Murdo MacLeod.

From Sweden to South Africa, director Yael Farber moves August Strindberg’s classic 19th century Miss Julie half way round the world.

[pullquote]The South African cast are joined by musician and singer Thandiwe Nofirst Lungisa creating a soundtrack of South African Xhosa music performed with traditional regional instruments.[/pullquote]From the estate of a Swedish Count to the sweltering kitchens of Cape Karoo, Farber’s Mies Julie has taken the international Festival circuit by storm and receives its Canadian premiere at The Cultch, part of a month of South African events that marks the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid.

With Mies Julie, Farber uses Strindberg’s passionate and explosive story of class, love, lust and battle of the sexes as an allegory for a post-apartheid state in transition, setting her award-winning adaptation in remote  South Africa.

In this touring production, the South African cast are joined by on-stage musician and singer Thandiwe Nofirst Lungisa from the Ngoko Cultural Group, creating a soundtrack of South African Xhosa music performed with traditional regional instruments.

Currently the head of the directing program at Montreal’s National Theatre School of Canada based in Montreal, Farber is no stranger to socio-political works which have included updating other classic texts such as an African adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and an upcoming reworking of King Lear which will take place in the Middle East.

Mies Julie plays the Historic Theatre at The Cultch from March 25 to April 19, 2014.  Visti http://thecultch.com for tickets and information.