Artscape Drama Season's fourth play coming upDIVA PR
The fourth play in Artscape’s 8th annual Spring Drama Season is Special Thanks to Guests from Afar, written by Nicholas Spagnoletti.
Two South African friends who haven't seen each other in years are reunited at a wedding in a small resort town on the Baltic coast in the former East Germany. Luke is a gay Economics professor from UCT; Thabisa is a Zürich-based banking executive and the daughter of a struggle hero.
They arrive a day early by mistake and meet the attractive sexually ambiguous brother of the groom, Markus, a German physiotherapist who takes regular assignments abroad with Médecins Sans Frontières. Over the weekend the three chat, grumble, get drunk, fight, tickle, laugh and wonder about their strange ways in life, intimacy and friendship. The play is for anyone who has ever felt like an extra-terrestrial on the edge of a wedding.
Special Thanks to Guests from Afar features actors Nicholas Dallas, Chi Mhende and Gideon Lombard. It is directed by Matthew Wild. The costume design is by Angela Nemov and set and lighting design is by Alfred Rietmann.
The Artscape Spring Drama Season began on 13 September with Amy Jephta’s Other Peoples Lives, followed by Louis Viljoen’s Champ, with both plays receiving outstanding reviews. iSystem, the Showcase Production written by Anele Rusi, runs this weekend, on 26 and 27 October.
Special Thanks to Guests from Afar runs at the Artscape Arena Theatre from 8 to 24 November with tickets R50 for the previews on 8, 9 November and R85 thereafter, via Computicket or 021 421 7695. Special discounts are available for Students and Pensioners and Group Bookings of ten or more.
Note to Editors
Nicholas did an undergrad in English literature at UCT before rediscovering his childhood love for computers and starting his own software company with partner Edward van Kuik. After watching Theatresports he ended up joining this well-loved improv troupe and performing with them for 7 years. Being among actors he found himself watching a lot more local theatre than before. After a few less successful attempts at writing and performance he wrote London Road and entered it into the PANSA Play reading Competition where it won runner-up and the audience choice award. This led to a second reading at the Baxter after which the play was picked up by independent producer and owner of the Kalk Bay Theatre Simon Cooper. London Road premiered in Kalk Bay in 2010 to great acclaim, transferred to The Fugard Theatre and then had a number of runs around the country over the next couple of years. The production won the Standard Bank Golden Ovation award in 2010, 3 Fleur du Caps, a Naledi Award and Nicholas received the Oliver Schreiner Prize for Drama from the English Academy. Edward and Nicholas also own the Alexander Bar & Café in Strand Street which opened in December 2011 and is a great destination for, amongst others, the after-theatre set. The bar gets an interesting mix of Cape Town locals young and old as well as a smattering of tourists from the neighbouring hotels. Alexander Upstairs opened in October 2012 as an intimate auditorium for small dramas, film, cabaret, comedy and live music.
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