Realising life’s beauty

2013-06-04 00:00

THEATRE goers can catch James Cuningham’s stunning one-man show, Sunday Morning, at the Catalina Theatre at Wilson’s Wharf in Durban at 7 pm on Thursday, and at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in Balgowan at 7.30 pm on Friday.

This award-winning production, written by Nick Warren, tells the story of Mat, a successful photographer whose neat and orderly life is turned upside down when his girlfriend of six years, Suzy, announces that she’s pregnant.

The news is all the more shocking as Mat has been told by his doctor that his sperm are not great swimmers, making conception tricky.

Having seen his friends’ lives turned upside down by children who transform homes into a tsunami of primary-coloured plastic, he is less than keen to join their ranks.

After an argument with Suzy, he decides to go running to clear his head and to try to make sense of his new reality. Along the way, he shares his affection for the down-at-heel neighbourhood and its mix of drug dealers and addicts, preachers, elderly people and scarred children, that he calls home. He reveals that he has inherited his house from his late parents, and doesn’t want to leave.

But Mat soon learns that he cannot run away from change, especially when he comes across a tiny abandoned baby in a tunnel. Later, while standing in a hospital ward full of “scared, scarred and semi-broken” people, he realises that he has been frozen emotionally, and that life has more beauty than he ever realised.

Sunday Morning has received awards for best new South African script and best actor in a solo performance at the Fleur du Cap Awards, and best production, best director, best actor and best lighting at the Naledi Awards.

Tickets to see Sunday Morning at the Catalina Theatre are R80 at Computicket. Tickets for the Michaelhouse performance are R80 and can be booked via e-mail with Angela Jonsson at theatre@michael or by phoning 033 234 1314 between 8 am and 1 pm.

Proceeds from the performances will go towards the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF), which is the recipient of this year’s Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival cycle tour.

The TBF is a charity organisation that was founded 50 years ago with the vision of helping deserving arts and showbiz professionals in their time of need. It now cares for more than 20 aged, destitute and infirm entertainment-industry professionals.

From June 2 to June 6, 17 people are cycling from Potchefstroom to the ATKV Natalia resort on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. En route, they will sleep over in Kroonstad, Bethlehem, Ladysmith and Pietermaritzburg, and will arrive in Durban on Thursday.

Andries Vrey, chief executive of Clover Aardklop, says the aim of the cycle tour is not only to raise money for the TBF, but to campaign to raise awareness of its work.

“Without artists, festivals wouldn’t exist. While we create opportunities for young artists to find their feet in the industry, we should not forget about the artists who were part of the industry for many decades,” says Vrey.

Those who want to make a contribution to the fund can SMS “TBF” to 40770 up until June 10. An SMS costs R20.

• Sunday Morning will also be staged in the Drill Hall in Grahamstown during this year’s National Arts Festival. Show times are 4 pm, from June 27 to June 30, and July 1 to July 7. Tickets are R35 at Computicket.


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