The heart of a giant

2008-01-10 00:00

Rob van Vuuren’s one-man show, Electric Juju, is coming to the Hilton College Theatre for just two performances at 7.30 pm on Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19. Visually arresting and physically demanding, Electric Juju is a tale of loss and redemption in a magical landscape of gods, giants, monsters and heroes.

A young girl is sent through a mysterious portal in space and thrust into an alien world. She encounters harsh climates and unfamiliar characters as she embarks on a perilous journey to overcome evil and help her warrior friend fulfil a vow. In doing so, she is forced to conquer her own fears and weaknesses.

Although there is no set and there are no costumes, there is one giant prop (a giant’s heart) designed to add different perspectives and scales to the world as the story unfolds. This device offers the audience more surprises with flashes of colour and detail within the animated style.

Although Van Vuuren, who wrote and performs the piece, is best known to South Africans as co-creator of The Most Amazing Show, his theatre training began under Andrew Buckland at Rhodes University. Here he has teamed up with Helen Iskander and James Cunningham (creators of Baobabs Don’t Grow Here) who together have directed Electric Juju.

Tickets are R60 for adults and R40 for students. For more information, phone 033 383 0126 or email

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