Harrowing real-life events inspired transcendent one-woman show

Harrowing real-life events inspired transcendent one-woman show

The critically acclaimed ‘Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister’ will be performed from February 9 to 16 at 7.30pm at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.
Performed by Rebecca Peyton and co-written and directed by Martin M Bartelt, ‘Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister’ is a one-woman play about the reaction of Peyton to her big sister, BBC news producer Kate Peyton, being shot once in the back and killed. Kate, who had been based in Johannesburg for ten years, was reporting on the situation in Mogadishu when she was attacked. This is a story about politics, journalism and grief told through the eyes of Rebecca who co-wrote the piece with German theatre director Bartelt.

The play’s chief concerns are migration, censorship and breaking taboos; it’s about dancing with abandon even as grief consumes every element of one’s personality; it’s about leaving the house looking like you’ve been dressed by someone who hates you, deciding not to have a drink for breakfast, press freedom and human rights.

Peyton’s heartfelt creation received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010, followed in 2011 by a 30-date UK tour and a sell-out run in London at the Finborough Theatre’s New Writing Festival in 2012. It has toured in Switzerland and France and was published by Oberon Books in January 2012. The Spanish version of the show, which will also be performed by Peyton, is currently in rehearsal for a European, US and Latin American tour.

Each evenings’ performance will be followed by a hosted conversation with both Rebecca and Martin. Hosts will include Alan Storey (February 10), Shirley Gunn(February 11), Marianne Thamm (February 14), Tracey Saunders (February 15)and Jaqueline Dommisse (February 16).

* Performances are at 7.30pm nightly. The Theatre Arts Admin Collective is situated in Methodist Church Hall, Corner of Milton Road and Wesley Street, Observatory. Tickets cost R40. To book call 021 447 3683, send an email to artsadmin@mweb.co.za.