‘The Pervert Laura’, Louis Viljoen’s dark and unsettling psycho-drama, currently showing at the Fugard Studio Theatre, will extend for one additional week and will now close on May 30.
At the recent Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards in March, ‘The Pervert Laura’ won the playwright the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director. Viljoen was also awarded the Best New South African Script award for another of his acclaimed plays, ‘The Kingmakers’, making him the only double winner on the night. ‘The Pervert Laura’ also received a nomination in the category of Best New South African Script. Emily Child won the Best Lead Actress Award for her portrayal of the titular character and co-star Guy de Lancey received nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Lighting Design.
The production also features a powerhouse supporting cast of Terry Norton (‘Othello’, ‘Equus’, ‘A Doll’s House’, ‘Rainbow Scars’), Nicholas Pauling (‘Amadeus’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’), and newcomer Sarah Potter (‘Four Small Gods’, ‘The Lover’, ‘Ebola’). Child, Norton, Pauling and de Lancey are all former Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominees and winners.
‘The Pervert Laura’ follows 30-year-old Laura through a week in her life. In conversations with her therapist, an attempt at an affair in a seedy hotel room, and through arguments with her family, Laura reveals herself to be a woman on the road to absolute self-annihilation. As secrets are unearthed and accusations are made and relationships are shattered, the true source of Laura’s decision to veer from the path society chose for her becomes clear.
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