The Last Firefly

The Last Firefly poster

Written by: Naomi Iizuka 
Directed by:
DeBeer Cloete & Barend Kriel
Language: English

Dates & Times:
Thursday, 31 August 2023 - 11:00
Friday, 1 September 2023 - 11:00 & 18:00
Saturday, 2 September 2023 - 11:00

Rehearsal Room, Scaena Theatre Complex
R25.00 - General Admission
R20.00 - Group bookings of 10+

Age recommendation: 10+PG (V, PPS)
Runtime: 70min

Tickets available on Ticket will also be available at the door.  

“It begins with light, a sliver, a flash, then comes a sound, a pulse, a beat, a crash like a giant hammer smashing through the sky.” Thus, the story of Boom begins as he sets out on an epic journey, ultimately discovering his true self. In this production, playwright Naomi Iizuka combines Japanese fairy tales and fables with her unique creative flair to produce a timeless and modern play. The young protagonist’s journey shows the power of storytelling to help us overcome adversity.

Professor Naomi Iizuka is a multi-award-winning Japanese-born American playwright who has written over 25 plays since the early 1990s. Iizuka’s multicultural upbringing and stellar academic background have resulted in a successful career as one of the most commissioned playwrights in American theatre, culminating in her appointment as the Director of Playwriting at the University of California until 2008. She has collaborated most notably with Anne Bogart, and her plays have been performed internationally. In 2011, Iizuka received the Joyce Award for The Last Firefly. This play highlights Iizuka’s commitment to highlighting themes of domestic violence and gender inequality. Iizuka’s retelling eliminates sexism that plagues our earliest tales by flipping the traditional fairy tale archetypes. The play’s relatability stems from Boom being raised by a single mother who uses stories as a form of solace.

This South African production of The Last Firefly embraces Iizuka’s multicultural approach to theatre by incorporating African music and storytelling elements in a tale that does not shy away from controversial themes such as domestic violence and women and child abuse. As such, this play does carry an age restriction of 10 and up.

This production is produced through special arrangement with Plays for New Audiences


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Neliswa Emeni-Tientcheu: +27 51 401 2536
Phyllis Masilo: +27 51 401 9683

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