John Hunt’s new play transforms the thorniest of current South African issues into a metaphorical satire that crackles with wit, charm, heartbreak and unswerving honesty.
It is Saturday afternoon. We are at a scrap yard on the edge of a indistinct urban area. Scrap metal, an old, junked car, the detritus of humanity all mark the edge of ‘civilisation’. Daniel Ndlovo appears to be ‘driving’ the car. Where to? “The New South Africa”. Three characters find themselves at the scrap yard; Daniel is there because of a dream that sends him in search of meaning after his brutalisation in both the old and new South Africa.
Vusi is a young, consummate opportunist who takes every chance to improve himself. George has been cut adrift in the new South Africa, angry at a changing environment where he is becoming less and less important. Thrown together by circumstance they have to face each other, resolve their personal and mutual conflicts before they realise that their destinies are entwined and that there may just be sunshine up ahead.
Our audiences can look forward to a Grahamstown feel by joining us for mulled wine after the show. There will also be spot prizes given to audience members who pre-book their tickets using the booking line below.
Directed by Adam Neill, the play is performed by a dynamic trio of South African talent. Fresh from playing Raymond Mhlaba in Goodbye Bafana, Zingi Mtuzula plays Daniel, Pierre Malherbe (Noises Off, Duncan Farenheit…) takes the role of George, and Mbulelo Grootboom (Hamlet, The Suitcase) ignites the energy of the play as Vusi.
Maybe Sunshine Up Ahead is extremely proud of the partnerships that have made this production possible, and would like to thank both Nando's, our energetic and enthusiastic sponsor, and The Big Issue for their invaluable support.
Venue: Intimate Theatre, Orange St, Cape Town. Tel: 076 940 5605.
Price: R50, R40 Students and Pensioners, R25 preview nights (5 - 7 Jul).
Performances: 5 - 29 Jul 2006