- Saturday Night at the Palace
name = Saturday Night at the Palace
writer = Paul Slabolepszy
characters = Vince
date of premiere = 1982
country of Origin = South Africa
original language =
"Saturday Night at the Palace" is a play by
South Africa's Paul Slabolepszyand Bill Flynn.
The play relates the story of two working class whites (Vince and Forsie) who arrive at an isolated roadhouse ("The Palace") just as it is closing.
The black waiter (September) who works there is shortly going on leave to visit his family whom he has not seen for two years because they are forced by
apartheidto live in a homeland.
Vince has just been dropped by his soccer team and has been kicked out of the communal house (where Forsie also lives) by Dougie (who runs the commune). It has been left to Forsie to tell Vince this but he is too scared to do this as Vince is a violent person.
Forsie begs Vince to phone Dougie (so Dougie can tell Vince himself) and they stop at the roadhouse to use a call box.
At the roadhouse, tensions build and Vince takes out his racial prejudices on September.
To make things worse, Vince tells Forsie that he has slept with Forsie's "dream girl", Sally.
September is humiliated and the story ends in tragedy.
It was first performed "Upstairs" at the
Market Theatre, Johannesburg, in 1982.
It then moved to the Old Vic Theatre in
* "Saturday Night at the Palace", Paul Slabolepszy, Jonathon Ball Publishers, ISBN 0-86-852062-4
The play was made into a film in 1987 starring Paul Slabolepszy as Vince, Bill Flynn as Forsie,
John Kanias September, Arnold Voslooas Dougie and Joanna Weinberg as Sally.
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093918/ IMDb entry for 1987 film]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE7DA1E3CF933A15756C0A96E948260 NY Times review of the film]
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