Pieces of Me
Theatre / Gymnasium

Renowned actress, Bo Petersen, returns to SA to share an intimate family history of the emotional challenges of living secretly in a mixed race family under apartheid. This evocative and mesmerising one-woman show is her renegotiation with the past. It captures the themes of exclusion, threats and silences, experienced by marginalised people throughout the world. Life-affirming and inspiring, the play also conveys the traumas and tragedies of apartheid and its legacy through a moving personal narrative.

Pieces of Me has performed at the Nordic Black Theatre (Norway), South Bend Civic Theatre (Indiana, USA) and Ö2scenkonst Theatre (Sweden). It has been described as "a delicately drawn portrayal of personal and family pain, without anger or blame” and "an explosive introspection…(that) creates a space of remembrance where a performer carries the family's history.” - Scenekunst review by Grace Tabea Tenga.

"No one ever talks about the moment you found that you were white. Or the moment you found out you were black. That’s a profound revelation. The minute you find that out, something happens. You have to renegotiate everything." - TONI MORRISON

Production Credits


Written and performed by Bo Petersen

Musician: Christopher Petersen

Stage Manager: Janine Felder-Kahn

SA Producer: Yvette Hardie

International Producer: Living Theatre

With thanks to Jonathan Jansen, Nordic Black theatre, Cliff Moustache and Keenan Tyler Oliphant.


About the Artists


Bo Petersen is a dynamic and accomplished professional South African actor whose work on stage, film, TV and radio has spanned more than 40 years. With a dedication to storytelling that transcends boundaries and her commitment to South African theatre, Bo has established a  notable presence in the world of performing arts in her country of birth and now expanding to the USA and Norway. Bo’s enduring dedication to both the craft and the community has  earned admiration both on and off the stage. Her body of work stands as a testament to the  enduring power of storytelling and the magic of the performing arts. She currently resides in  the USA where she continues to write, direct and perform.


Royston has had a stellar career in theatre and education for more than thirty years. His early work as a teacher led to his being Drama organizer of the Eoan Group from 1976 to 1981, teaching, directing and being involved in theatre management. He joined the CAPAB Drama Company in the mid-80s and stayed with the company until 1994. During this period he performed in more than fifty productions back to back. He was also the company’s Educational Programmes Manager. Since then, as a freelancer, he has contributed as an actor and director to numerous productions over the years, with some of the standouts being District Six - The Musical,  Hamlet for the RSC, Hello en Koebaai and The Tempest. His extensive television and film repertoire includes Arendsvlei and Shooting stars.


YVETTE HARDIE, theatre director, producer, educator and advocate, focusing on theatre for young audiences, based in Cape Town. She produced the award-winning Colonnades Theatre Lab production, Truth in Translation, seen by more than 55 000 people worldwide, and was instrumental in the creation of a documentary film about the production, called A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake. Other productions include Thembi Mtshali-Jones one-woman show, Mother to Mother and her own production, of Suzanne LeBeau's The Ogreling, both of which have toured widely internationally. She initiated the launch of ASSITEJ SA (the national centre of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) in 2007, and leads the organisation as National Director. She served as President of the international ASSITEJ, which operates in close to 100 countries, from 2011 – 2021, and is now designated as Honorary President. 

  • Venue: Gymnasium
  • Location: Victoria Girl's High School
  • Ticket price: ZAR 80.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 55 min
  • Ages: 12+

There are no performances for this show.