‘Gone Camping’ is a fireside storybook brought to life by playwright and performer, Jason Potgieter. Directed by Fleur du Cap winner Kim Kerfoot, it is a new theatrical work that is based on events experienced by Potgieter in Cape Town between 1990 and 1996 and can be seen at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre on Strand Street from Monday to Saturday, September 14 to 19.
It’s the 1990s. The New South Africa is a toddler playing in the global sand pit with bucket and spade, building castles, making mud pies and learning to share her toys, while her now liberated people run through sprinkler-rainbows looking for pots of shiny gold. Ideas of change and social rebirth fly through the nation like a flock of drunk ducks looking for a decent Martini and while some would-be-pillow-stuffers run for their guns with one eye on the sky, others chuck breadcrumbs out on the lawn and keep the dog inside. Somewhere up the West Coast, on a camp site formerly known as Volmaansig, three white okes, a ghost called Polla and a Staffie with a bone to pick get chatty around the campfire. They remember, they theorise, they consider and they criticise – but most of the time they just like to laugh and tell stories, because roasting marshies and having someone to talk to is a good way to pass the time and fend off the Worry.
Similar in style to his previous work, ‘The Things You Left Behind’, Potgieter has crafted five humorous monologues borne from his love of people-watching and performs characters from different social backgrounds, age-groups and even species, all brought together by a place where the struggles and worries of everyday life are discarded in favour of flimsy tents, mosquito repellent, midnight skinny dipping and the great outdoors.
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