Arts & Culture

Theatre: Biography

Johannesburg

Fresh from a sold-out season at Cape Town's Fugard Theatre, Santa's Story is a moving one-woman show about a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor.

A blend of storytelling and live music, it features internationally acclaimed opera singer Aviva Pelham in the role of Santa Pelham. Accompanied by the sounds of a klezmer band, Pelham brings her mother’s story to life. Santa was born in pre-war Germany and fled the Nazi state, first for Spain, which was in the midst of civil war, then into occupied France and finally to then-Rhodesia. The play explores the possibility of “pushing through the darkness ultimately to find strength, spirit and light again”.

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