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About the Show Less...

Guilt and redemption and the clash between the secular and the supernatural in present-day South Africa. Read More >

In apartheid-era South Africa, a young black boy is being savagely interrogated by the police, leading to a terrible and brutal end. Thirty-six years later, Jennifer is living in her chic, modern ‘African Zen’-style house in a gated suburb of Johannesburg, caring for her silent, dying husband in his final days. However, the quiet is disturbed by the excavation of her carefully planned rose garden, built on an ancestral burial ground. But as the bones, and the truth, are dug up, Jennifer is forced to confront her own and her country’s dark history. In her isolation, as the crowds gather at her gate, she comes to rely more and more on the supposedly miraculous powers of her maid, Beauty, to keep the fragile security of her world together. But are they what they claim to be? And can anything turn back the clock?

In an age of retribution and bloody revenge, Bones is an anthem for hope and a celebration of the astonishing power of forgiveness.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 17/10/2006

Opening Night: 18/10/2006

Closing Night: 04/11/2006

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Cast & Creative


Pauline Moran and Sarah Niles


Director - Kay Adshead

Producer - Mama Quillo in association with the Bush Theatre and Leicester Haymarket Theatre

Designer - Design concept by Mama Quillo, Design consultant Mike Lees

Sound - Sarah Weltman

Author - Kay Adshead

About Bush Theatre

7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8LJ

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