Explore connections

2018-11-28 06:00
Characters featured in Around are from the left, front: Thembisile Baai, Charlize Oberholzter, Juani Smith, Jeannette Badenhorst and Anushca Hendriksz; back: Boitumelo Mohutsioa, Claudia Herbst, Barend Kriel and Esmarie Booysen.

Characters featured in Around are from the left, front: Thembisile Baai, Charlize Oberholzter, Juani Smith, Jeannette Badenhorst and Anushca Hendriksz; back: Boitumelo Mohutsioa, Claudia Herbst, Barend Kriel and Esmarie Booysen.

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We are all connected to each other in some way, but just how deep are these connections really?

When Arthur Schnitzler presented his play La Ronde in 1920, it sent shockwaves through Europe.

It was considered an immoral and inappropriate piece of theatre, mainly because of its sexual themes.

However, it has conti­nued to fascinate audiences well into the 21st century because of Schnitzler’s excellent treatment of class difference and social hypocrisy.

La Ronde has now found its way to Bloemfontein, in a new adaptation by the advanced acting students of the University of the Free State’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts.

In this version, entitled Around, the play has been re-written to reflect a contemporary South African society. Familiar characters take the stage, be it the local butcher, the reverend’s wife, a model or a taxi-driver, and all reveal themselves to be a part of a never-ending cycle of sex, addiction and power.

Around has been conceived and developed by the students under the watchful supervision of Dion van Niekerk and De Beer Cloete.

The drama has a 16 and older age restriction.

It can be seen at the Scaena Rehearsal Room Theatre from Wednesday (28/11) to Friday (30/11), starting at 19:30.

Bookings can be made through Computicket.

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