Exploring the grey areas

2015-06-03 06:00
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Nompilo Jili in a scene from ‘Release’, staged in the Hexagon Studio Theatre at UKZN Pietermaritzburg.

PHOTO: supplied Nompilo Jili in a scene from ‘Release’, staged in the Hexagon Studio Theatre at UKZN Pietermaritzburg.

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“THE clown has great importance as part of the search for what is laughable and ridiculous in man.

“We should put the emphasis on the rediscovery of our own individual clown, the one who has grown up within us and which society does not allow us to express.”

These are the words of Jacques Lecoq, whose clowning methods are being used by the 2015 honours acting programme in drama and performance studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as an entry point to acting and performance.

This year the students present Release, a devised play that takes people to a liminal space between life and death, between the said and unsaid, and between the now and then of many South Africans.

The play, directed by Pumelela Nqelenga, is located in a secret government­ department called Underground­ Affairs where the grey areas of our South African past and present collide.

Nqelenga is a lecturer in drama studies who specialises in physical theatre and performance.

Release can be seen at 6pm on 3, 4 and 5 June 3 in the Hexagon Studio Theatre on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

Tickets R30 (R20 concessions) at the door - Supplied

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