TheatreBuzz – What’s hot in the world of Theatre in Cape Town

TheatreBuzz – What’s hot in the world of Theatre in Cape Town

Visual and vocal examination of mental illness at the Baxter Theatre

Following its acclaimed success at the World Psychiatry International Congress and its once-off performance at the Baxter in December 2016, respected psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann’s cantata ‘Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair’, returns for a limited season from February 9 to 19.

‘Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair’ brings mental illness and psychotic experiences into the spotlight using a combination of music (both live and recorded), song and imagery in an attempt to “portray the complexities and also the wonder of these strange and ultimately unknowable worlds.”

Baumann’s libretto is brought to life through music composed by Galina Juritz with Dizu Plaatjies, conducted by Chad Hendricks and directed by Lara Foot. Fiona Moodie integrates her own artworks with that of work by patients of Valkenberg Hospital, with video design by Koeka Stander and lighting design by Patrick Curtis.

The project arose from a concern that the plight of the seriously mentally ill is either ignored or profoundly misunderstood, and that this contributes significantly to the suffering of those deemed insane.

The show features a nine-member vocal ensemble and a small orchestra.

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36 years and counting of lampooning the political class at Die Boer Theatre Restaurant

Pieter-Dirk Uys will present his one-man show ‘Adapt Or Fly’ (Episode 2017) at die Boer Theatre restaurant in Durbanville on Thursday, February 9, at 8.30pm.

Pieter-Dirk Uys started his career of one-man shows with ‘Adapt or Dye’ in 1981. Now thirty-six years later adapting is still a necessity, while flying is a choice.

He will take the audiences on a familiar long walk to freedom, through the various chapters of National Party rule with impersonations of DF Malan, JG Strydom, HF Verwoerd, BJ Vorster, PW Botha and FW de Klerk, and into the familiar terrain of amandla-politics with tributes to Nelson Mandela, and through Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe into the reign of Jacob Zuma.

Among others in his satirical cluster in this show are former NP Minister of Foreign Affairs Pik Botha, Cape Flats icon Mrs Petersen, legendary old white liberal Nowell Fine and the beloved Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Tickets are R150 and available at 021 979 1911; or online at www.dieboer.com.