Siv Ngesi and Mike Van Graan tackle climate change in ‘Panic’

Siv Ngesi and Mike Van Graan tackle climate change in ‘Panic’

Polar bears in the Karoo? A tsunami burying Table Mountain? Mike van Graan’s one-hander, ‘Panic’, directed by Heinrich Reisenhofer, will explore these scenarios and is scheduled to open at the Artscape Arena on Wednesday May 29. The show will have a run until Saturday June 8.
‘Panic’ features the character Thando Molepo, a young man in his late twenties, facing and attempting to deal with a number of internal, domestic, relational and macro conflicts, all of them related in some way, or having some bearing on each other. These conflicts range from dynamics within his family and expectations of his father that he will join the family business to his growing awareness of climate change and how the family business relates to, and profits from it.

According to Van Graan, ‘Panic’ is a piece of “Word Art”; it is less a play than a poetic monologue reflecting the personal and the political and the attendant conflicts, particularly as they relate to climate change.
However, the piece also seeks to point to the links between climate changes, exploitation of mineral resources, wars and armed conflicts, the abuse of human rights and inequality within the world.

Award winning stage and screen actor, Siv Ngesi stars in this production. Ngesi is a well known actor and has appeared in many films, including ‘World Unseen’, ‘Schweitzer’, ‘Laduma’, ‘Amequekquekra’, ‘Invictus’, ‘Ship Wreck Mutiny’ and ‘Natalie in South Africa’. His small screen pedigree includes starring roles in ‘League of Glory’, ‘Khululeka’, ‘Stokvell’ and the BBC’s ‘Outcasts’. In 2008 he won a role in an episode of ‘24’, opposite Kieifer Sutherland. His stage roles include a tour of London with ‘Fugard Monologues’. He is also a rapidly rising star on the local comedy circuit.

* A low price preview is scheduled for Tuesday May 28 at 7:30 pm. Book at Computicket, or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.