Of the shows seen so far at the National Arts festival (NAF) All Who Pass gets a hot ticket for being a production that stays with one for a long time.
Written by Amy Jephta, this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, it deals with the painful forced removals of two groups of families from District Six in the 1974 - and how the two childhood sweethearts from each family meet up years later.
Jeptha sensitively explores displacement in her new play which premieres at the festival. The work time-ravels between the searingly heart-breaking eviction - as the members of each close-knit family family spend their last night together in District Six before the trucks take them to new homes in separate neighbourhoods in the barren Cape Flats.
Later a currently-timed restitution sees an older Aziza return to claim her inheritance and exorcise the ghosts of what took place there where she meets her friend Salim.
Bringing back a landscape of memories, past and present and, naturally, the conflicts that exist between each family, it is poignantly and often searingly rendered.