The Lesson


The Market Theatre presents a new version of Eugène Ionesco’s “The Lesson” by Greg Homann starring theatre veterans Graham Hopkins and Fiona Ramsay alongside newcomer Lihle Ngubo. This thrilling new version of Eugène Ionesco’s gripping play is based on a translation by Donald Watson. It is a darkly entertaining theatre production about enforcing power by using knowledge and culture as a weapon. Set in a small university town, an eager eighteen-year-old student arrives at the Professor’s home for a lesson. The action begins in a naturalistic way but shifts into a stylistic and visual feast as more surrealist and absurdist events take hold. What starts as a farcical interaction between the two becomes something more sinister.

The Market Theatre

Writer – Eugène Ionesco

Translator – Donald Watson

Adapter and Director – Greg Homann

Assistant Director – Nana Pooe

Lighting Designer – Nomvula Molepo

Set Designer – Wilhelm Disbergen

Sound Designer – Vangile Z. Mpumlwana

Costume Designer – Onthatile Matshidiso

Stage Manager – Bongani Motsepe


Graham Hopkins as Professor

Lihle Ngubo as Student

Fiona Ramsay as Marie

Commissioned and produced by The Market Theatre.