Joining the journey on Sunday MorningJennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: Deftly interweaving mime, movement and monologue, James Cuningham tells a delightful and deceptively simple story.
He makes it look so easy.
The tale flows with the inevitability of a mountain stream, rippling through still ponds, rushing through rapids, plunging over a waterfall, ending in a profoundly different space.
The set is simple – three boxes at sit height, jump height and hide height, a Jozi skyline patched with bits of paper and a trail of paper creating a path. The stop-start robot lights add a touch, but aren’t really needed.
It starts with an argument, tellingly silent in mime, then the easy, colloquial monologue introduces us to a likeable, average guy living in an average seen-better-days suburb. A photographer with an eye for images, he has life sorted, comfortable and predictable.
Then a girlfriend gets under his skin and into his space and now … he’s definitely not ready to don the heavy black coat of D-A-D!
He goes for a run to think through the catastrophic news. Clever lighting and upbeat running music highlight the different phases of his journey, movement and mime catch the people and happenings of the streets … until in the eerie darkness of a tunnel under the flyover he makes a discovery that changes his life forever.
It’s poignant, it’s painful at times and yet full of human warmth and hope.
Only an hour, this is a piece of drama that has all the freshness and warm aroma of a loaf of crusty, home-baked bread, real, down-to-earth, recognisable and often very funny.
It’s been performed to rave reviews around the country – now it’s our turn and it fits us like a glove.
Sunday Morning with James Cuningham, written by Nick Warren, directed by Jenine Collocott is at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square until September 15.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za
Auto & General Theatre on the Square., West Street Sandown Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa