Fugard's Statements for the Edinburgh FestivalDIVA PR
Athol Fugard’s Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act is to go to Edinburgh and beyond with a fundraiser on June 21
With a 2011 Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary (Gipca/Baxter Theatre Centre / Theatre Arts Admin Collective) Kim Kerfoot directed a production of Athol Fugard’s Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act that ran to capacity houses earlier this year at the Fugard Theatre Studio, after its initial presentation at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.
The production was presented by the Fugard Theatre’s Founding Producer Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, featuring Bo Petersen, Malefane Mosuhli and Jeroen Kranenburg, and has been described by Athol Fugard himself as the best production of his work directed by someone other than himself.
The production has been invited to be a part of the Assembly at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2012. In order to get to the Festival, a substantial portion of the budget has to be raised by the ‘Statements’ company. To raise the necessary funds, Kerfoot and the cast have arranged an evening of fine wine, food and entertainment at Robert Mulder’s acclaimed restaurant, 6 Spin Street in Cape Town, on the Winter Solstice, 21 June. There will be appearances by Natalie Becker, Zolani Mahola, Handspring Puppet Company, and an auction hosted by Alan Committie. Items to be auctioned include vintage wine, facials by Sharon Warrener, an artwork by Andrew Adler and Carolyn Beeger, an original artwork donated by Laurie Nathan, surf lessons from Gary’s Surf Shop, bespoke hair styling by the Fox and Vixen, and photographs of the production and a book of Statements images taken by Jesse Kramer and signed by herself.
The primary objective of the fundraising event on 21 June will be to confirm the funds necessary for the Edinburgh Festival. There have also been offers from theatres in the United States and it is hoped that this event will go part of the way towards funding a 2013 tour of the USA.
Athol Fugard celebrated his 80th birthday on 11 June this year. To celebrate this, theatres and theatre companies all over the world are staging productions of his work, including the Fugard Theatre in District 6, where his play The Blue Iris opens on 4 July.
“We feel that South Africa should be represented on the international stage by a South African production of one of Fugard’s greatest plays, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act. With the successful staging this year, it became clear that ‘Statements’ is still relevant to South Africans in 2012. We feel that it will be just as powerful for international audiences, resonating with many people. As such our first goal is to take this intrinsically South African play into the international arena in Edinburgh”, said Kerfoot.
The evening starts at 17:30 with tickets costing R300 including refreshments, and bookings are via 6 Spin Street 021 461 0666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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