Suddenly the Storm

A Play
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  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Dimensions and Pages: 200 x 150mm; 80 pp
  • Paperback EAN: 978-1-77614-092-3
  • PDF EAN: 978-1-77614-093-0
  • Rights: World
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 175.00
  • Recommended Price (USD): 20

Foreword by Bobby Heaney

Slabolepszy is a master of dialect which makes his East Rand characters so authentic you could be sitting in a bar in one of these Ekurhuleni towns listening to their real-life equivalents and laughing at their jokes. Through his dialect he is able to elicit real pathos in all his characters … With Slabolepszy you are always waiting for something menacing to happen, and it does in this play.
— Zakes Mda, award-winning playwright and novelist

Paul Slabolepszy’s Suddenly the Storm set in Johannesburg’s East Rand at the home of an ageing former police officer Dwayne Combrink and his much younger wife Shanell, poses the question of whether the wounds of the past can ever truly be healed.
Combative, volatile, constantly on the verge of exploding, Dwayne and Shanell Combrink are two halves of a white South African workingclass couple, living an uneasy truce as they struggle with the day-today trials of scraping together a living and dreaming competing dreams.
But beneath Dwayne’s angry, violent exterior lies the heartbreak that governs his attitude to life. Dwayne is a man in mourning. Shanell believes his current level of despair was sparked by the death of his childhood friend and recent work partner, Jonas, but the source of his mourning and anger lies much further back. When the elegant and self-contained Namhla Gumede, born on 16 June 1976, arrives on their doorstep seeking answers to questions that have remained buried for 40 years, Dwayne and Shanell finally find out the truth.
What starts as a smouldering dark comedy suddenly turns into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations, rage and recrimination … before the storm finally breaks.

Paul Slabolepszy is a prolific playwright, as well as radio, television and screenwriter, of more than 31 plays, including Saturday Night at the Palace, which went from Johannesburg’s Market Theatre (where six of his plays have premiered) to London’s Old Vic, and has been made into a successful film. His other plays include Making Like America, SmallholdingBraait Laaities, Pale Natives, My Low-Fat Almost Italian WeddingThe Return of Elvis du PisaniHeel Against the Head, and Mooi Street and Other Moves.

Slabolepszy is a master of dialect which makes his East Rand characters so authentic you could be sitting in a bar in one of these Ekurhuleni towns listening to their real-life equivalents and laughing at their jokes. Through his dialect he is able to elicit real pathos in all his characters … With Slabolepszy you are always waiting for something menacing to happen, and it does in this play.
— Zakes Mda, award-winning playwright and novelist

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