SCRIPT, DESIGN + DIRECTION: BRETT BAILEY
MUSICAL DIRECTION + COMPOSITION: SHANE COOPER
CHOREOGRAPHY: ELVIS SIBEKO
DESIGN COLLABORATOR: TANYA P. JOHNSON
'They said he was a saviour.
More like a loaded gun...'
In an era of intolerance and polarisation, a young man with a hero mission channels the fury of his subjugated people, and inflicts terror on the population that he holds accountable for their oppression. As the body count mounts, Delilah – an ambivalent enemy agent – seduces and ritually castrates him. His brutal punishment in the detention facilities of the authorities spurs him to an act of suicidal devastation...
SAMSON uproots the popular biblical myth from its religious context, and transplants it into a dystopian contemporary landscape of unbridled capitalism, human displacement, xenophobia and violence. It asks us to reflect on the historical injustices and repressed rage that so often underlie the ruthless acts of terror committed by marginalized, alienated men.
SAMSON is a hard-edged, moving music-theatre production, set to a rousing live electronic score composed by one of South Africa’s foremost musicians, Shane Cooper. The work features opera, choral vocals, tight ensemble work and sweeping video scenography.
Made with funding from the National Lotteries Commission.
TOURING HISTORY 2023 Nanterre, France. International Theatre Festival of Kerala, India. Africologne Festival, Germany. 2021 Festival d’Avignon, France. GREC Festival, Barcelona, Spain. 2019 National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. Woordfees, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
AWARDS One of 6 winners in the 2021 global Music Theatre NOW! Competition Best Music Theatre Production and Best Director, and nominated for Best Production, Best Design and Best Costumes at South Africa’s national theatre awards, the Kyknet Fiestas, in 2020