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The Heroin Diaries

Playwright: Milton Schor

Direction & Design: Fred Abrahamse

Cast: Milton Schor, Melissa Hayden, Marcel Meyer

Photography: Maggie Gericke, Fiona MacPherson

Venue: Upstairs Theatre at the Alexander Bar

Date: November 2016

About: Craig is a heroin dealer. At 34 he’s been a using drug addict for 20 years and finally his lifestyle is catching up to him. He is planning to check out quietly, the way he always knew he would, by overdose. But when young Leila arrives at his flat searching for her own oblivion, he is given one last chance to question the life he’s lead thus far, and perhaps to choose a different ending.



“intimate portrait of drug dependency” CAPE ARGUS

“In a country riddled by drug abuse, theatre has a chance to change minds. The Heroin Diaries provides social commentary on the issue and maximises the power of the platform…If you want a fast-paced, dramatic spectacle, this is definitely not the show you should see. If you want a slice of life; insight into a culture that is often misunderstood, then this is a play you should see.” – B SHARP ENTRAINMNET 

“Empathy…Milton nourishes the characters with language and context… The humanness that his characters are lavished with is because of his skill as a writer and actor, but also—at least in part—because of his own relationship with drugs…I’m glad I saw the play and recommend it.” ARTSVARK


The Heroin Diaries was the winner of the 2016 Imbewu Scribe Playwriting Competition. 

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