Winning play rewrites the flood

2015-10-27 06:00
Joanna Evans’s winning play in Imbewu Trust’s Scriptwriting competition will be staged at the Magnet Theatre.

Joanna Evans’s winning play in Imbewu Trust’s Scriptwriting competition will be staged at the Magnet Theatre.

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A creative explosion of talent will bring Joanna’s Evans’s Four Small Gods to life on stage at the Magnet Theatre from Friday.

The play was the winning entry for the Imbewu Trust’s Scribe Scriptwriting competition last year, and received the top prize of having the play produced for a professional run in Cape Town.

At the age of 25, Evans is already a celebrated theatre maker, including a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award winner for The Year of the Bicycle, the 2012 Mavis Taylor award for Theatre Making and, most recently, Best International Show at this year’s Iran International Theatre Festival for Children and Youth.

She will direct Four Small Gods and has assembled a stellar team of creative minds to present a visual feast.

Four Small Gods is a comic tragedy about four animals in a boat after the world has flooded. It rewrites the ancient flood myth to examine contemporary relationships between people, animals and land and to deconstruct hierarchical understandings of worth.

The gods reach into the flood and pull out the last four survivors: A dog, a panther, a rhino and a human. As they negotiate their survival on a storm-tossed boat barriers between species, as well as barriers of language, are destabilised.

The cast includes Iman Isaacs, multiple award winner Richard September, Amy Louise Wilson, Siya Sikawuti and young talent Nandipha Tavores Calburn. Making his stage debut is artist Matthew King while the design team of Francois Knoetze (designer) and John Withers (sound design) create the stylised world that is neither animal nor human. V Four Small Gods will be presented at Magnet Theatre from Mondays to Saturdays until 10 November. Tickets cost R90 with R60 for concessions (students and pensioners) from Tickets to the preview on Friday cost R60. Tickets on Mondays are two for the price of one.

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