Singer, songwriter, author and entertainer Nataniël is bringing his latest stage creation, ‘After Animals’, to the Theatre Of Marcellus at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park from Thursday, August 20, to September 27. Inspired by his travels and love for both classic and contemporary art, this show was conceived after an incident in an art gallery in Europe when Nataniël met an artist who had created an exquisite paper model of a white, empty zoo.
The artist handed viewers pens and asked them to write on the base of the model. They had to write the names or descriptions of anyone or anything they thought should live in the zoo.
Nataniël wrote, “The Beasts That Try To Rule Us, The Demons That Haunt Us, The Monsters We May Become”. Within days the idea for this new show had taken shape. Taking place in the not-so-distant future, the story begins on the night when, during a secret ceremony, the last animal on earth gets slaughtered and eaten. The already fragile world immediately starts changing, from the forests to the cities, from the homes of families to the hearts of the most powerful individuals. This forms the backdrop for Nataniël’s latest stories and songs. Dark, dramatic, fantastical, humorous and surprising, ‘After Animals’ promises to be a true theatrical event.
The all-male cast includes Nicolaas Swart (vocals), newcomer Francois Joubert (vocals), Martin van Heerden (dancer), Bradley Dreyer (acrobat), Charl du Plessis (keyboards), Juan Oosthuizen (guitar), Werner Spies (bass) and Hugo Radyn (drums). An ambitious wardrobe, inspired by sculpture and origami, has been create by multi-award winner, Floris Louw. The staging is designed by Nataniël with sets and props created by Nadine Minnaar and Stephan Kruger. Lighting is by Nataniël and Kevin Stannet.
* Tickets priced between R160 and R220 can be booked by calling the box office on 011 928 1213/1297; by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or at Computicket.