bad apple 

intimate theatre | cape town | 2004

wits theatre | johannesburg | 2004


Brett Goldin’s one-man play, Bad Apple, is a darkly comic look at school brutality. Teenage angst explodes at an upmarket Johannesburg school when it is rocked by an act of seemingly random and senseless violence, perpetrated by a Grade 12 pupil. As seven characters come forward to reflect on the incident, Bad Apple throws a spotlight onto the terrors of adolescence and the dark underbelly of high school society. The incident is reconstructed for the audience from the viewpoints of characters including a Creatine-fuelled sports hero, a bitchy ‘bugel’, the nervy school principal, a grieving, chain-smoking mother and an acne-plagued geek.  Inspired by the Columbine school massacre, the text of Bad Apple combined a welter of pop culture references, biting satire and unexpected moments of poignancy to compassionately examine some of the pressures felt by South African teenagers. Matthew’s production incorporated haunting projected and real imagery designed by Cape Town artists Ralph Borland and Julia Clark.

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“the performance, the recognisable humanity, the accessibility – outstanding! Goldin, supported by Matthew Wild as director … earned his standing ovation on the opening night” DIE BURGER


“a tight, thought-provoking probe into the phenomenon of child-on-child violence” CAPE ARGUS


“moving, hilarious, tragic … the impressively versatile actor brings his characters to life” IAFRICA.COM


“Goldin excels in this, his debut one-man play. He slips flawlessly and seemingly effortlessly from one character to the next” CAPE ARGUS