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A moving social drama that has its genesis in the Second World War with its unraveling and climax played out in the late 1950’s. A young boy discriminated and abused by his grandmother, who favours his younger brother, brings the dark secrets of the family to light and shame, giving hope to his dysfunctional marriage that is saved by the revelation of truth.

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Still Life
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by Clive Levinson on Still Life
Title / Company: Producer. English TV Documentaries SABC. (Letter dated 15 October 1981.)

“The dynamism of your play derives almost solely from the vibrant and excellent dialogue you give David. I have not yet read such good South African dialogue from the pen of an English playwright.”

by Marilynne Holloway on Still Life
Title / Company: Sunday Tribune 10 June 1979. (Howard College Theatre.)

“Herrington has a good ear for dialogue and he holds audience attention.”

by Marilyn Jenkins on Still Life
Brilliant work of art!
Title / Company: The Citizen, 17 June, 1980. (Square Space Theatre.)

“South African playwrights writing in English who etch their characters with power and guts, place them in settings which are natural and develop a plotline which does not have one cringing with disbelief, can be counted on one hand. Herrington, a lecturer on the Natal campus, could certainly be counted on a second hand if the punchy sense of theatre and humanity, which he reveals in ‘Still Life’, proves to more than mere mayfly expression.”

by Carl Coleman on Still Life
Title / Company: The Daily News, 6 June, 1979. (Howard College Theatre.)

“It’s not often that a major new play comes from Durban. So, I’d love to say that a work of such promise and magnitude in its exploration of social and emotional themes as Neville Herrington’s ‘Still Life’ is totally absorbing and successful theatre.”