Theatre Buzz – A roundup by Peter Tromp
We regular column about all the theatre buzz in Cape Town. Theatre news, views and interviews just for theatre lovers.
‘So Ry Miss Daisy’ at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town
The award-winning stage play and subsequent film, ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, can currently be seen at the Fugard Theatre, translated into Afrikaans with English subtitles.
Theatre stars Sandra Prinsloo and John Kani perform the lead roles as the elderly Miss Daisy and Hoke. Miss Daisy is initially reluctant when her son appoints Hoke as her chauffeur after she writes off her car. A special bond gradually unfolds as Hoke and Daisy develop a friendship despite racial boundaries and social standings.
‘So Ry Miss Daisy’ can be seen until March 31, with performances scheduled at 8pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays, with a matinee also on Saturdays, at 4pm.
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‘Scenes from an Execution’ at the Baxter Theatre Golden Arrow Studio
After her, double Fleur du Cap-nominated performances in ‘A Doll’s House’ and ‘The Inconvenience of Wings’ this year – winning the latter award this past Sunday – Jennifer Steyn returns to the Baxter stage to star as the remarkable anti-heroine, Galactia, in Howard Barker’s ‘Scenes from an Execution’, at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from March 30 to April 22 at 7.30pm nightly and a matinee on April 1 at 2.30pm.
Clare Stopford directs a stellar cast made up of theatre favourites Steyn, along with Graham Hopkins and Nicky Rebelo and a “dynamic” ensemble of young actors.
Barker’s ‘Scenes from an Execution’ makes 16th century Venice the setting for a fearless exploration of sexual politics and the timeless tension between personal ambition and moral responsibility, between the patron’s demands and the artist’s autonomy. The story revolves around Galactia, an impossibly transgressive artist, who is commissioned by the Venetian republic to create a painting celebrating the triumph of Venice at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. What emerges in her uncompromising pursuit of truth, is the ugliness of slaughter.
Galactia herself is brilliant, vain, arrogant and politically naive. Will this most transgressive artist be co-opted by the state? This study of the relationship between the artist and the state is known to be British playwright Howard Barker’s most accessible and commercial play.
The play was first seen in SA at the Market Theatre in 1994, where it garnered multiple awards including the best director for Stopford. Hopkins, who reprises his role as the Doge nearly 25 years later, also clinched an award.
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