Set on a desolate rural farm in South Africa, African Gothic follows the lives of an orphaned brother (Shalit) and sister (Smith) who have grown up without parental supervision. They have allowed their farm to fall to ruin by rejecting reality and creating an eerie fantasy world. An officious lawyer (Humphreys) visits the farm and threatens to destroy the existence they have created. The plot unfolds and gains momentum with an edgy dark humor, climaxing with a dramatic twist. African Gothic was originally written in Afrikaans, entitled Diepe Gron, which translated means "Deep Ground," from the expression "Still waters, deep ground and underneath the devil is turning around." The production had its world premiere in 1985 at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.