Drama exposes social reality

2019-08-28 06:02
Elanie TheronPhoto: Supplied

Elanie TheronPhoto: Supplied

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Kristalvlake, an epic theatre piece, is being presented from today (28/08) to Friday (30/08) by the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of the Free State (UFS).

Kristalvlake will be performed in Afrikaans and English in the Scaena Theatre on the UFS main campus in Bloemfontein. The performance will start daily at 19:30.

It will be performed by drama students in their second year at the UFS’s Drama Department, and is written by Amy Jephta.

The production not only tells the story of a community, but also the tale of circumstances much greater than the individual.

It warns against fascism and violence, highlights shifting boundaries and loyalties, and tells of people trampled on in the fight against power; their fight for survival.

Everyone is devoured by this ferocious war.

Kristalvlake, an adaptation of Bertholt Brecht’s Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder, provides no answers, but instead exposes the miserable truths of social reality.

From the rags of war storming in gusts over the wind-blown Cape Flats, Priscilla (Elanie Theron) is trying to piece together a life for her family.

The community is exploited by political uncertainties, gangster bosses and religious leaders.

  • But as long as blood flows through her veins, Priscilla will survive the smuggling trade to create love and peace to keep her children warm at night. Tickets cost R40 for adults, R25 for children, pensioners and groups of ten people or more, and R30 for students with a valid student card. Tickets are available at Computicket.
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