Black Lover

By Stanley Makuwe

6 MAR - 4 APR 2020 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company


Q Theatre, Loft


1 hour 15 mins, no interval


Includes loud sound effects


Due to the recent announcement by the Ministry of Health that all public gatherings must be limited to 100 or less, all future performances of Black Lover are cancelled. This is effective as at 3:30 19 March 2020. 


Award-winning playwright Stanley Makuwe brings us a gripping drama about war, politics and colonialism. 

“We must make it possible for every individual to lead the good life, to win a place in the sun.” - Sir Garfield Todd

Expat New Zealander Sir Garfield Todd said these words in his final speech as Prime Minister of Rhodesia in 1958. Ousted from politics for being a “black lover”, Todd’s ongoing fight for racial equality led to his house arrest in 1965, the starting point for Makuwe’s story.

Compelling and reflective, Black Lover explores the courage to stand against injustice in a nation experiencing deep racial divides.

Black Lover was proudly developed with the support of Auckland Theatre Company.

In association with Auckland Arts Festival.


Special Events

Backstage Story

Discover the world behind the curtain, find out what takes place in the rehearsal room at these behind-the-scenes talks with the director, designers, and cast of each show.

Auckland Theatre Company Studios
487 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden
Carpark & entry off Brixton Road

Monday, 24 February, 6:30pm



Black Lover is a powerful story told by a talented playwright.
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