Lara Foot’s acclaimed and award-winning play The Inconvenience of Wings, returns to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, from February 13 to March 3, following its local and international success. The production transfers to the Baxter, straight after a short season at the Theatre on the Bay, until Saturday, February 10.
Since its premiere in 2016,The Inconvenience of Wings has received sold-out success at the National Arts Festival, the Baxter and the Market Theatre, amassing five-star reviews including, most recently, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Foot, the 2016 National Arts Festival Featured Artist and a former Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre winner, has assembled a stellar cast comprising Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu and creative team.
In 2017 the play received the Fleur du Cap awards for Best Director (Foot), Best Actor (Andrew Buckland) and Best Actress (Jennifer Steyn), who the British Theatre Guide notes “delivers an unforgettable performance.”
The play is, at its heart, a love story, with contemporary themes such as bi-polar disorder and compulsion and its devastating effect on the family. It cuts close to the bone for anyone who has suffered mental illness themselves, or has lived with someone who is afflicted.
Set in a landscape of memory and dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings, tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. Sara (Steyn) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she is compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Paul (Buckland), her husband, is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and Professor James (Shabangu) quietly tries to save Paul from the inconvenience of his wings.
The drama was inspired by author Abraham J Twerski’s book ‘Addictive Thinking’ that examines the notion of compulsion, addiction, denial and abuse of self as well as conversations on bipolar disorder that Foot had with celebrated psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann. It was further stirred by her father who has suffered from dementia for more than a decade.
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