Following its success at the KKNK’s 2012 festival, Tertius Kapp’s ‘Rooiland’ has made its way to the Baxter Theatre’s Flipside until April 27 at 8.15pm nightly. Directed by Jaco Bouwer, the multi-award winning production is now being staged in Cape Town for the first time.
Winner of four Fiesta awards, the tightly crafted play was also nominated for Best Theatre production, Best Actor and Best Director at the KKNK Kanna Awards in 2012. The production boasts theatre favourites Wilhelm van der Walt, Charlton George, Brendon Daniels and Leon Kruger as prison gang inmates.
Set in the confined space of prison life, ‘Rooiland’ tells the stories of personal battles which prison gangs encounter on a day-to-day basis, and the conflicts that arise among these groups. The realism of prison life and the personal history that these four gang members share become weapons of protection among each of them as they struggle for private space in a cramped cell.
In the midst of all the drama, the production gives an insider’s view on the criminal justice system of the country, the mythology surrounding prison gangs and the underlying issues of criminality and the politics that come into play.
Bouwer was awarded South Africa`s most promising young director in 2008. During that year he also received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama for his complete oeuvre.
The production is performed in Afrikaans and Pomobasa (prison language). The musical score is composed by award-winning Braan du Toit, and technical guidance is by Wolfie Britz and Juanita Ferreira.
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‘Rooiland’ has an age restriction and is not suitable for children under the age of 18.