Plenty on offer on Little Theatre stage

2016-08-24 06:00
Mark Farrow will play the part of Robert, the father, in Proof, which will be shown at the Pemads Little Theatre. Photo: SUPPLIED

Mark Farrow will play the part of Robert, the father, in Proof, which will be shown at the Pemads Little Theatre. Photo: SUPPLIED

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2016 is the year for thought-provoking, evocative material from Pemads Little Theatre, which allows directors, actors and audiences to experience a taste of Grahamstown Festival-like productions.

Earlier this year the Fiona Coyne Double Bill - As the Koekie Crumbles/Careful, directed by Linda-Louise Swain, played to critical acclaim and audiences can now look forward to another artistically-evocative production, running at Pemads Little Theatre from August 24 to August 28.

Proof, by David Auburn, will be in the hands of Pemads committee member and director, Jamie-Lee Reynolds, with Amy Huntly in the lead role of Catherine, and Pemads stalwart, Mark Farrow, as her late father, Robert. Erin Palmer and Tim Collier will fill the cast complement.

In 2001, Proof won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama and the Tony award for Best Play and in 2005, a movie version starred Sir Anthony Hopkins and Gwyneth Paltrow as the troubled father and daughter.

Proof is a drama that plays out after the death of Robert, a man in his fifties, who was a mathematical genius and professor at the University of Chicago.

His daughter, Catherine, had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Now his ex-graduate student, Hal, discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert’s office.

The title Proof refers both to that proof and to the play’s central question: Can Catherine prove the proof’s authorship?

She finds herself in a relationship with Hal and at loggerheads with her cool and collected sister, Claire. The play explores Catherine’s fear of following in her father’s footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control.

Proof will run at the Pemads Little Theatre from August 24 to August 27 at 7:30pm, with a 2:30pm matinée on August 27 and 28.

Tickets cost R70 per person and are available through Computicket and at the door prior to each performance.

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