April 09, 2014
Theatre: A Human Being Died That Night

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1997, Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela prepares to sit opposite the apartheid regime’s most notorious assassin. A Human Being Died That Night is based on the best-selling book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and explores her interviews with Eugene de Kock, her time on the TRC, and how a fundamentally moral person could become a mass murderer.

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This play is written by Nicholas Wright and directed by Jonathan Munby and had a limited sold out London run in 2013. I had the privilege of photographing  A Number, directed by Munby in 2011, and was not disappointed by another captivating 2-hander under his direction. Productions with only one or two cast members usually allows for more time, but a greater challenge to create a variety of different images, particularly if there are no set or costume changes.

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Here is an interesting interview with the director about the process of creating this piece.  Following it’s South African run, bookings are now open for the season at the Hampstead Downstairs.

Photographed at The Fugard Studio

Cast: Matthew Marsh and Noma Dumezweni

Written by Nicholas Wright

Directed by Jonathan Munby

Designer – Paul Wills

Original Lighting Designer – Tim Mitchell

Lighting Designer – Daniel Galloway (South Africa)

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