‘Moffie’, a dance play about love, loss, survival, sexuality and violence, opened on Tuesday, January 27, at Artscape Theatre for a short run and will finish on Saturday, January 31.
Based on the novel written by André Carl van der Merwe, ‘Moffie’ has been choreographed by Bailey Snyman, 2012 Standard Bank Young Artists Award winner and features a formidable group of dancers. This production was for the first time performed in 2012 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, followed by being a part of Dance Umbrella 2, Arts Alive Festival at the Market Theatre.
The award-winning novel, ‘Moffie’, has been inspired by author André Carl van der Merwe’s story about the brutality of trying to survive as a gay conscript in the SADF in the early 1980s. This has been a long overdue story about the emotional and physical suffering endured by countless young white men when military conscription was part of their lives.
‘Moffie’ is presented by Brett Gage and Matchbox Theatre Collective, which was founded by Snyman and Nicola Haskins. Haskins and Snyman, former members of the First Physical Theatre Company, launched the creative company in June 2006. Having trained in physical theatre, mime, contemporary dance, theatre design, acting and dance culture and education this partnership aims to promote dance and theatre education at a variety of levels as well as focussing on industrial and community theatre. Since its conception the Matchbox Theatre Collective has embarked on various choreographic, directorial, education and performance endeavours in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
* Performances are at 8.15pm nightly, plus a matinee at 3pm on Saturday, January 31. Tickets for evening performances are R140 and the matinee is R100.
Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.
There is an age restriction of 10 years.