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Dublin Theatre Festival in association with Matt Salinger
USA

The Syringa Tree

by Pamela Gien

Venue Olympia Theatre
Date 9 Oct - 14 Oct 7.30pm
14 Oct 1.00pm
Duration 1hr 30mins



Directed by Larry Moss
Set Designed by Kenneth Foy
Lighting Designed by Steve Mannshardt
Sound Designed by Tony Suraci
Starring Caroline Cave

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Pamela Gien's The Syringa Tree is a personal, deeply evocative story of an abiding love between two families, one black, one white, and the two children that are born into their shared household in the early 1960's South Africa. Seen first through the eyes of a child, six-year-old Elizabeth Grace, as she tries with humour and sometimes palpable fear to make sense of the chaos, magic and darkness of Africa, we follow their destinies in a story that spans four generations, from early apartheid to the present day free South Africa.

In this immensely popular one-woman play, Caroline Cave plays twenty four very different characters (black, white, old, young, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Zulu, English, Jewish and others), and through her turn-on-a- dime transformations, she gradually reveals not just the complexities of the world they share with us - their dreams, struggles, laughter and tragic losses - but their shared humanity.

In addition to the many acting awards reaped by Caroline Cave (most recently winning the Best Actor Award at the 'Jessies' in Vancouver), The Syringa Tree has garnered awards including the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics' Circle Award and Drama League Award, in addition to being honoured with New York's OBIE award for Best Play of 2001.

"INSTANTLY ENGAGING, EXOTIC, COMPLEX, DEEPLY SHOCKING” - New York Times

"A TOUR-DE-FORCE... AN EMOTIONALLY POWERFUL LOVE STORY” - The New Yorker

"WINNING ACTRESS... POWERFUL PLAY” - Wall Street Journal

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