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TEATERteater’s award-winning production, Die Kortstondige Raklewe Van Anastasia W (The Short Shelf Life of Anastasia W), will be staged at the KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) in Oudtshoorn from 2 to 4 April 2011. Thereafter, it will then run at the HB Thom Theatre in Stellenbosch from 12 to 16 April 2011.
The no-holds-barred satire is directed by Marthinus Basson, with text by internationally acclaimed author Marlene van Niekerk (Agaat, Triomf). Van Niekerk is one of South Africa’s most well regarded authors, having won multiple prizes, including the prestigious Hertzog Prize for Afrikaans Prose, in 2007 (for her novel, Agaat).
The lead roles are portrayed by Nicole Holm, Eben Genis, Marlo Minnaar and Dean Balie. Music for the production was composed and arranged by Braam du Toit, in collaboration with avante garde band, Mr Cat and the Jackal, fronted by Gertjie Besselsen and Jacques du Plessis, with animation by artist Colijn Strydom.
Described by its creators as a “cabaret-opera-affair”, the production is a cutting satire that steps on the toes of, amongst various others, the “political untouchables”. It also scrutinises the crime and violence in the country, whilst exposing the vulnerability of the human soul. “This is musical theatre with a touch of the absurd, a slap of black humour, and a healthy portion of social commentary,” explains writer Marlene van Niekerk.
The production was recently nominated for 10 Kyknet Fiesta Awards. It also won both the Aartvark prize (for musical direction), and Anglo-Gold Ashanti Smeltkroes prize (for best new text) at the 2010 Aardklop arts festival in Potchefstroom.
Nicole Holm was also nominated as Best Actress at Aardklop 2010 for her role as Sus. At the Kyknet Fiesta Awards, Holm, and her co-star Eben Genis, were nominated in the Best Actress and Best Actor categories respectively, while Dean Balie received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Other Fiesta Nominations include Best Production, Best Newcomer (Gertjie Besselsen), and three nominations for the Best contribution to a Musical-driven Production: (Marthinus Basson for directing, Braam du Toit and Mr Cat and the Jackal for music, and Gertjie Besselsen for performance).
Tickets for both the KKNK and HB Thom runs are available through Computicket. Please note: Age restriction 18 for Sex, Language, Divinity and Violence.
Ticket prices are:
R70 for block bookings of 10 or more
Die Kortstondige Raklewe Van Anastasia W is presented by TEATERteater, developed with the support of Aardklop, ABSA KKNK, University of Stellenbosch, the L.W.Hiemstra Trust and the Het Jan Marais Nationale Fonds.
The HB THOM run is presented by University of Stellenbosch and TEATERteater. It is supported by the University as part of a cooperative project that combined skills between the departments of Drama, Afrikaans, Dutch and Music.
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