‘A human being died that night’: Prison interviews with apartheid assassin Prime Evil turned into a play

National Post

The words are sober, almost clinical: “A Human Being Died That Night.” The play that bears this title, on the other hand, reveals in searing, sometimes heart-rending detail the atrocities committed by the South African police forces during the terrible years of apartheid.

This quietly gripping and superbly acted drama by Nicholas Wright, a Fugard Theater production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music through June 21, is adapted from the book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a psychologist who served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission was established after the end of apartheid in part to hold accountable the perpetrators of the violence used against participants in the anti-apartheid movement.


Ms. Gobodo-Madikizela, portrayed by Noma Dumezweni, is one of the two principal characters in the play, which is mainly set in a cell in Pretoria Central Prison. The other is Eugene de Kock (Matthew Marsh), the head…

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