Spring Drama Season at Artscape is underwayDIVA PR
The next play in Artscape's Spring Drama Season is the highly anticipated Champ, written by Louis Viljoen.
Artscape’s 8th Spring Drama Season is underway and features four outstanding productions that have emerged through Artscape’s New Writing Programme headed up by Roy Sargeant. The season opened last week with Other People’s Lives, and next up is the highly anticipated Champ, written by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas.
Champ is about three actors, scraping the bottom of the barrel while working in a shopping mall as children entertainers, dressed up as teddy bears. They find themselves struggling to hold on to their jobs and what little dignity they have left, when they encounter a vicious child hell-bent on making their day worse than it already is. Through a combination of exhaustion, wounded pride, middle-class disaffection and a little too much alcohol early in the day, they enter into a battle with the mischievous little boy and set in motion a series of events that will not necessarily change their lives, but perhaps make the day a little more interesting. Champ is a dark comedy about haves, have-nots, want-nots, up-starts, young bucks, old farts, little men, big boys and an inevitable slide into booze-fuelled depression. The production features Fleur du Cap award winning Nicholas Pauling, with Darren Araujo, Adam Neill, Kerstin Francis and Mark Elderkin, a past winner of the Fleur du Cap Most Promising Student award.
Louis Viljoen has worked as a writer, director and producer in theatre, film and television for ten years. Together with Greg Karvellas he owns Dark Red Productions which has produced the plays Rocks, The Abusers, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen and The Verbalists, as well as the feature film Cowboy, all of which were written by Viljoen. His unique take on the theatre and film industry, as well as essays and short stories can be found at www.uncleloo.wordpress.co.za.
Champ Director Greg Karvellas, along with Sanjin Muftic, is one of the two new young Directors on Artscape’s New Writing Programme. He graduated from UCT in 2004 with a BA honours equivalent in Theatre and Performance. He has since worked extensively as a stage and production manager as well as director. His directing credits include Frank ‘n’ Stein (co-directed with Christopher Weare) The Frontiersmen and The Abusers as well as having co-produced and co-directed numerous projects, both for stage and film, with his creative partner Louis Viljoen.
Champ runs from 4 to 20 October with tickets R85 via Computicket outlets and 0861 915 8000. Special discounts are available for students and groups of 10 or more and additional offers are available via Artscape box office on 021 421 7695.
Absolutely no persons under the age of 16.
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