Maurice Podbrey: Waiting for the Barbarians
Waiting for the Barbarians is a political fable by South African novelist and Nobel-prize winner J.M. Coetzee. Next weekend, the play version of the story will have its North American premiere on-stage at the Segal Centre in Montreal.
It's set in a frontier town in a state known only as 'the Empire.' Rumours of barbarian attacks send the Empire's forces beyond the border in search of captives and they bring them back to the town to torture and kill. At that point, the town's Magistrate begins to question the Empire's actions. (Above, original cast; photo by Rodger Bosch)
The play's producer Maurice Podbrey also produced Waiting for the Barbarians in his home country of South Africa last year.
He's now brought the play - along with its South African cast - to Montreal. He joins Ainslie MacLellan in-studio.
(Left, Maurice Podrey; photo by Amelia Desjacques, courtesy of Segal Centre)