Jul 4

Ruth First: 117 Days

Category: 2016,theatre

Report by Kayleigh Tuck & Stephanie Shumba

An adaptation of Ruth First’s 1956 novel, Ruth First: 117 days is a remarkable solo performance of the incarceration of the white, female activist under South Africa’s apartheid system’s 90-day clause. Under solitary confinement, First was interrogated about her involvement in the Rivonia Trial, but refused to provide information to the security police.
Actress Jackie Rens dramatises Ruth’s painful and lonely days in prison as she fears for her children, her family and her friends of the anti-apartheid movement. Director Marcel Meyer explains his effective choice of set for Ruth’s story, while Jackie Ren provides a detailed account of Ruth’s character as a phenomenal woman.

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