World Premiere

The Ice Cream Boys

See It Safely
9 October -
2 November 2019


“Oh look, there’s a chess set. How about a game, like old times?”

There are some enemies you’d wait a lifetime to see face-to-face. Charismatic, corrupt and dangerous, Jacob Zuma was until recently President of South Africa. But before Zuma came to power, Ronnie Kasrils masterminded the intelligence services. Now at last they’re alone together. When you’ve been betrayed, it’s never too late to settle old scores.

Funny, fascinating, and hugely enjoyable, The Ice Cream Boys is a gripping exploration of politics and power.

Gail Louw was born in Johannesburg and now lives in the UK. Two volumes of her plays, including Blonde Poison, are published by Oberon Books. Jermyn Street Theatre has presented her play Shackleton’s Carpenter this August.

Vik Sivalingam is a freelance theatre director and senior tutor at LAMDA. Selected credits include There or Here, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest at the Rio Olympics 2016. He has an MFA in Theatre Directing and was Resident Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Andrew Francis
Jacob Zuma
Andrew has performed in roles for Bristol Old Vic, Shakespeare's Globe, and Theatre Royal Bath.
Jack Klaff
Ronnie Kasrils
Jack featured in Star Wars and For Your Eyes Only, and has been performed with the RSC.
Bu Kunene
Thandi Dube
Bu studied at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and has appeared on The Crown.

Gail Louw
Vik Sivalingam
Jeffrey T Apter
Associate producer
Cecilia Trono
Set and costume design
Tim Mascall
Lighting design
Nicola Chang
Sound design


“There's never been a better time to make this study, and the Jermyn Street production does it with panache.”
The Spy In The Stalls
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“An intense and passionate drama, ignited by performances of intelligence and acuity.”
The Reviews Hub
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“Tight, edgy, powerful and very intelligent.”
Sardines Magazine
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“It's a measure of Andrew Francis and Jack Klaff's performances ... beguiling.”
The Times

“Jack Klaff as Kasrils captures perfectly the decayed hopes of the leftwing idealist.”
The Guardian

“A thrilling exploration of the crude reality of unpunished crimes.”
Broadway World