A Human Being Died That Night
A Play by Nicholas Wright based on the book by
Pumla Gobodo-Madizikela, Portobello 2013


In 1997, while she was serving on the Human Rights Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the South African psychologist Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madizikela had her first encounter with Eugene de Kock: an ex-policeman, alias ‘Prime Evil’, who commanded an army of death squads as the head of the apartheid government’s covert operations unit.

In her book A Human Being Died That Night (Portobello), she described her many subsequent meetings with him in Pretoria Central Prison, and reflected on the need for the truth to be told and remorse to be shown by the perpetrators of the crimes of apartheid as a precursor to forgiveness and reconciliation.

This play, adapted from Pumla’s book by the distinguished playwright Nicholas Wright, was first presented at the Hampstead Theatre (Downstairs), London, in May 2013, played by Noma Dumezweni and Matthew Marsh and directed by Jonathan Munby.