Play explores girls’ reality

2019-04-10 06:00
Characters featured in The Wolves are from the left, front: Rose Maxhaka; back: Siphokuhle Keseni, Olethokuhle Qinisile, Retha van Rhijn, Simbulele Moko, Lelethu Tshangela, Doné van den Bergh, Sherilise Badenhorst and Lebona Moabelo. Photo: Supplied

Characters featured in The Wolves are from the left, front: Rose Maxhaka; back: Siphokuhle Keseni, Olethokuhle Qinisile, Retha van Rhijn, Simbulele Moko, Lelethu Tshangela, Doné van den Bergh, Sherilise Badenhorst and Lebona Moabelo. Photo: Supplied

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Sarah de Lappe’s play The Wolves features nine teenage girls.

It highlights the attitudes, anxiety levels and adolescent hormonal changes experienced by high school girls. This production digs deep to understand the daily struggles of being a girl.

Set in an indoor soccer facility, the play forces the audience to be spectators to real conversations between non-stereotypical adolescent girls in a contemporary world.

The piece takes the audience on a journey of discovery, causing them to know, care for, love and protect these adolescents.

“I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings – as complicated, nuanced, idiosyncratic people who aren’t just girlfriends, sex objects or manic pixie dream girls. Instead they are athletes and daughters and students – people who are actively trying to figure out who they are in this changing world,” De Lappe said.

“Week by week, we observe the warm-up sessions of the Wolves soccer team before a game. Stretches, high knees, butt kicks and jumping jacks are interlaced with conversations about the trials and tribulations of these girls.”

The team consists of the captain (#25), the alpha dog (#7) and her sidekick (#14,), the talented newcomer (#46,) the innocent do-gooder (#2), the smart and thoughtful one (#11), the flaky midfielder (#13), the perfectionist (#00) and the prudent one (#8).

In the space of 90­minutes and six scenes, each young woman is delineated, contributing equally to the portrait of the pursuit of happiness.

The Wolves provides us with an untarnished view of the world,” De Lappe said. “It navigates audience members through the big questions and tiny battles of a female pack of wolves, each superior in her own way.”

The drama was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer prize for drama.

  • The Wolves will be performed by second-year drama students of the University of the Free State from Wednesday (10/04) to Friday (12/04) in the Scaena Theatre. The play has an age restriction of 16 for language.

Bookings can be done through Computicket (086-915-8000). Tickets cost R40 for adults, R25 for learners (aged 16 to 18), R30 for students and R25 for pensioners and group bookings.

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