Small town stories

2012-04-20 12:27

Since Abnormal Loads made its theatrical debut at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown last year, playwright Neil Coppen and his creative team have tweaked, nipped and tucked the play.

The result is a triumph of home-grown theatre that proves that history is all about perspective and that often the truth just gets in the way of a good story – except when it’s that much more bizarre than the made-up version.

With a fine ensemble cast, laughs galore and a tear-jerking finale, the play is a sweeping epic about the generations of three families in a fictional town in the blood-soaked KwaZulu-Natal battlefields. But it is in the telling that the real surprises lie.

» Abnormal Loads is at The Market theatre in Newtown until May 13.

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