One of South Africa’s longest standing and most celebrated theatre companies will present the world premiere of their new production during the following week.
Magnet Theatre’s ‘I Turned Away And She Was Gone’, will be performed Wednesdays to Saturdays from February 18 until March 14 at 8pm at Magnet Theatre in Cape Town.
Magnet Theatre has been at the forefront of the theatre industry for twenty seven years, creating groundbreaking educational programmes and productions that have toured nationally and abroad to acclaim across four continents and twenty four international festivals.
Written and performed by theatre legend Jennie Reznek, ‘I Turned Away And She Was Gone’ is a reworking of the Demeter and Persephone story. It reviews the relationships between the three incarnations of women: a mother, a daughter and grandmother, and the passage of our past, present and future selves. The bonds that connect mothers and children, the cycle of daughters transforming into mothers and into ageing parents and the inevitable loss of life are poetically explored on this journey of discovery.
“As a woman evolves and her body changes, her identity shifts and the relationship she has with her younger self also changes,” says Reznek. “‘I Turned Away And She Was Gone’ is a powerful story for both males and females, capturing the delicate and beautiful cycle of life.”
The show excitingly marks Reznek’s first one woman show in more than two decades since ‘The Show’s Not Over Til the Fat Lady Sings’, and reunites the stellar core creative Magnet Theatre team of director Professor Mark Fleishman; designer Craig Leo (‘Tall Horse’; ‘Or You Could Kiss Me’; ‘London Road’; ‘War Horse’); choreographer Ina Wichterich (‘Every Year, Every Day, I am Walking’; ‘Cargo’; ‘Rain in a Dead Man’s Footprint’; ‘Biko’s Quest’)and original music by Neo Muyanga (‘BLK Sonshine’; ‘The Flower of Shembe’; ‘Memory of How It Feels’).
* Tickets cost R120. Tickets for scholars, students, pensioners and groups of 10 or more cost R50.
Enjoy the Whacky Wednesday special on February 25 and March 4 and 11, when tickets are 2 for the price of one.
Bookings can be made at Computicket 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.
Tickets are also available from the Magnet Theatre box office, Mondays to Fridays, between 9am and 5pm, and on the evenings of performances for cash and credit card sales only (no debit cards).
Magnet Theatre is situated on Corner of Lower Main and St Michael’s Roads in Observatory. Ample parking is available next to the Theatre.