Honouring Jakes Gerwel on stage

2016-05-03 06:00
Ilse Klink during a rehearsal for Kristalvlakte.  PHOTO: Dewet van Rooyen

Ilse Klink during a rehearsal for Kristalvlakte. PHOTO: Dewet van Rooyen

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The life and work of the late Professor Jakes Gerwel is being celebrated in Kristalvlakte, on at the Fugard Theatre this week.

The piece was specifically commissioned as part of the Suidoosterfees to honour Gerwel, the former chairman of Media24, former rector of the University of the Western Cape and the director general of former President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet.

Kristalvlakte tells the story of Priscilla, a dealer who, from the shreds of the constant drug war, is trying to keep her family and life together. Her community is bleeding due to the interference of political orders, gang bosses and religious leaders. Sometimes there are waves of peace, as in any good war, but war is like love – it will always find a way out. While life goes on, Priscilla’s drug dealings will survive in the backstreets of time.

Amy Jephta’s theater piece is brought to life by a star-studded cast including Ilse Klink, Brendon Daniels, Roysten Stoffels, Bianca Flanders, Tarryn Wyngaard, Dean Smith, Gantane Kusch, Daniel Richards, Dean Desk, Riaan Staggering and Antonio Fischer.

It tells the story of a community much larger than the individual characters.V Kristalvlakte will runs until Sunday 7 May with a 15:00 matinee performances on Sunday 7 May. Tickets cost between R60 and R110 from Computicket.

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