Strippers, gangsters and volatile love for the Intimate stage

Strippers, gangsters and volatile love for the Intimate stage

‘Lady Luck’, a new hard bitten love drama for the stage, can be seen at the Intimate Theatre at UCT’s Hiddingh drama campus on Orange Street from May 15 to 25.

Set in the seedy underbelly of Cape Town, exotic dancer, Lisa (Sabine Palfi), tries to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. Things soon spiral out of control and she finds herself thrust into a dangerous love triangle with Dean (Bjorn Steinbach), her explosive former fiancé, and his boss, Nic (Aidan Whytock), a seductive mobster.

In this production, ‘seedy underbelly’ refers to poker circles, loan sharks, unsavory night spots and dodgy business deals. As the play opens, we learn that Lisa has been abandoned by Dean. Dean has had a rough life, and has worked in bars for most of it. He struggles with his emotions, being kind and calm one moment and aggressive the next. Nic, a Greek loan shark, comes to Dean’s rescue after a fight and offers him a job as a barman and partner in the new venture he wants to set up – a private and sophisticated bar/lounge.

Lisa later finds herself trapped between the powerful Nic, who can help her out of deep trouble and the highly volatile Dean, who keeps toying with her emotions and whom she still loves.

This original drama, written by Marlisa Doubell and directed by Yvonne Copley, is brought to the Intimate Theatre by Sugar-daddy Theatre Company. The Sugar-daddy Theatre Company was founded in 2010 by Doubell and works on the premise of “independent theatre made possible by way of sponsorship and profit-share”. The name ‘sugar-daddy’ came about as the nickname used to refer to the various companies that sponsored productions. The name has stuck ever since.

Past Productions include David Hare’s ‘The Blue Room’ followed by the comedy, ‘Relationshit! It could happen to you’. Both productions were staged at the Intimate Theatre, with ‘Relationsh!t’ being brought back for a second run at the Arena Theatre due to public demand.
The company’s most recent production, the comedy-thriller ‘I am Hamlet’, ran at the Intimate Theatre last Halloween and recently received a Fleur Du Cap award for ‘People’s Choice’.

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