Mafeking Road is Bosman for a new generationChristine Skinner
Multiple-award-winner and rising theatre director Tara Notcutt brings her production Mafeking Road to Kalk Bay Theatre from 15 August to 8 September.
Featuring the stellar talents of Andrew Laubscher and Mathew Lewis, the production won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for Physical Theatre at the National Arts Festival in 2011. Since the original version of Mafeking Road premièred in 2010, the show has been performed to widespread acclaim at ten festivals and venues across the country, including the Herman Charles Bosman Literary Festival. Praise has included comments such as “physical theatre at its best…. a world of imagination, perfect timing and offbeat humour ….a brilliant piece of entertainment” (Cape Times); “one of the funniest things I’ve seen on stage in a long time” (The Witness) and “haven’t laughed as much in ages” (Cue).
Mafeking Road is a whirlwind of much-loved Herman Charles Bosman stories, told in an exciting new format, using physical theatre and comic book styles. It brings you popular stories such as In The Withaak’s Shade, and Willem Prinsloo’s Peach Brandy, in a way that has never been seen before. On a wild ride through the Groot Marico, Oom Schalk Lourens tells his tales of a world where a horse named Bertie, a leopard with many spots, and a pretty young girl fresh from finishing school await.
“This is truly invigorating theatre, bringing classic stories alive in an exciting new way,” says Simon Cooper, owner of Kalk Bay Theatre. “Produced and performed by some of South Africa’s rising theatre stars, Mafeking Road will appeal both to long-standing Bosman fans, as well as newcomers to his work.”
Tara Notcutt is a multiple-award-winning director and producer. Recently named as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, she is also Artistic Director of The Pink Couch, which creates brave, original South African theatre. In 2011, Tara was invited to the prestigious Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab to spend three weeks working with some of the world’s leading young directors in New York City.
Directing credits include ...miskien – also winner of a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award and the Clover Soveel Beter Award for Best Production at the Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees - and Three Little Pigs, both of which were invited to international festivals in New York, Australia and Holland. Also Thom Pain and Dream, Brother, which won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for Theatre. Although only 25, Tara’s extensive list of awards already include the Fleur du Cap Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors; a Baxter Theatre/GIPCA/ Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary and a Best Director nomination at Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees for …miskien.
Mathew Lewis graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2009 with a degree in theatre and performance, specialising in acting. He is a co-founder of The Pink Couch with whom career highlights include touring The Couch's debut production ...miskien to Amsterdam, Perth and to New York next year.
As an actor, he has performed as Lenny in Beren Bellknap's Lenny and the Wasteland which received a 2010 Handspring Puppet award, as well as being a puppeteer for Handspring Puppet Company's I Love You When You're Breathing, which was directed by Jason Potgieter at the 2012 National Arts Festival on the Main Programme.
Andrew, another graduate of UCT’s Drama Department, has made his mark on the Cape Town theatre scene as an actor of impeccable timing and precision. He has performed lead Shakespeare roles at Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, is part of The Mechanicals and is a long-time friend of The Pink Couch. Some of Andrew’s roles include Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra, Loveborg’s Women for which he received a Fleur Du Cap nomination, Mike van Graan’s Is it because I’m Jack and Eric and Brian Kaplen in Mrs Kaplen and the Witchdoctor, which toured to Prague and Romania.
Following the run at Kalk Bay Theatre, Mafeking Road will tour to Durban, the Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees in Potchefstroom, the Clarens Centenary Celebration and return to the Herman Charles Bosman Literary Festival, Groot Marico.
Mafeking Road is directed by Tara Notcutt and performed by Mathew Lewis and Andrew Laubscher. It was devised by the cast and director, based on an original concept by the director.
Mafeking Road will be performed Wednesday to Saturdays from 15 August until 8 September. Doors open at 6.30pm and seating is unreserved. Dinner is served from 7pm when guests can enjoy a delicious two or three course meal created by Kalk Bay Theatre’s talented chef Hannah McMahon, with dessert and coffee after the show.
There is ticket special of R75 (or R225 with a 2-course meal and R275 with a 3-course meal) on 16, 22 and 23 August. Tickets only for all other shows cost R95 (or R245 with two-course meal and R295 with three-course meal).
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