The line-up of performances accepted for this year’s Platteland Preview is virtually complete, with the organising committee confirming that show, Creature is now a certainty.
The other shows, most of which we have already reported, are:
OPENING NIGHT – Friday, 24 June
Born to Diva, which opens the festival at the Red Barn features the “pint-size dynamo” Tonya Koenderman, known internationally as one of the hottest properties on the cabaret circuit.
Playing at the high school, Lust is aimed at creating an awareness of the notorious Aids virus.
At the Chapel the two shows will be Blue, which suggests that in life we are all victims and all predators. It boasts over 20 funny, controversial, thought-provoking characters played by a dynamic duo.
Also at the Chapel will be Ag My Moeder – ‘n tipiese Fourie-eenvrouvertoning, ‘n lag met ‘n traan, herkenning van iemand naby jou, wie weet, miskien nog jyself.
The Red Barn features Fresh Cult, a contemporary five piece live band consisting of a vocalist, keyboard player, bassist, electric guitar and drummer. The band describes its sound as a fusion of soul, r&b, blues and house, and includes a range of well-known local and international songs.
Also at the Red Barn the show titled Ingrid is a tribute to the widely acclaimed poet, Ingrid Jonker, exploring her complicated private and public life which ended with her drowning.
At the Red Barn, Creature is of special interest as it is an example of experimental theatre which allows more room for trying out interesting ideas.
In this instance the setting is a street corner in inner Johannesburg, which immediately throws up ideas of tawdriness into which three masked characters emerge from the dirt to face the noise and movement of the city around them. The manner in which these blind, vulnerable and curious characters navigate the stage and the dangers that lurk in the inner city makes for some dramatic theatre.
The Lighthouse has two male performers whose highly stylised physical theatre antics include mime, juggling, singing and acrobatics.
We will report on any further developments.
Creature. Featuring Kirsten Stewart, Thobile Makukule and Joel Leonard.