Other spaces at this venue include: Salberg Studio
From4th November 2004
To20th November 2004
WhenMon-Wed 19:30. Thu-Sat 20:00. Nov 11,18,20 Mats 14:30
PricesFrom £9.00. To £17.50.
What is currently on at Playhouse (V923)

The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs

A testimony to the human power of survival, spirit and self-belief, this inspirational play is based on the true story of South African freedom-fighter, Albie Sachs. In the 1960s, Albie Sachs, a radical young white lawyer was imprisoned in South Africa under the 90 day law, charged with nothing but suspected of involvement with anti-apartheid groups. He was held in solitary confinement for almost five months during which time he was subjected to rigorous questioning about his actions, beliefs and politics. First produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978, The Jail Dairy of Albie Sachs is adapted from his own heart-felt account of the months of isolation and unknowing he experienced, held under the ruthless regime of the country he loved. He shares with us the irony of learning first hand that the rules of law, his own profession, could be used as an instrument of oppression, as well as of justice. He tenderly recounts his undaunted idealism; the humane relationships with his jailors; the mental resources he called on to help the passing of time and the unthinkable moral dilemmas he had to face.
Book by Albie Sachs
Author David Edgar

Archive :: production:T1038443545, play:S01066017928, venue:V923

Production details

Special Performances

  • 17 Nov 04 Sign Interpreted
  • 18 Nov 04 Audio Described
  • 18 Nov 04 Audio Described


Producer Salisbury Playhouse
Director Dana Fainau
Design Robin Rawstorne
Lighting Peter Hunter
Lighting Ivan Stott
Performer Guy Lankester
Performer Craig Cheetham
Performer Jeff Diamond
Performer David Lyon
Performer Glynn Sweet
Performer Terry Taplin
Performer Tony Turner
Performer Walter van Dyk

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