A performance that fascinates

2020-01-14 06:01
Emily Child and Nicholas Pauling in The Hucksters. PHOTO: Barbara loots

Emily Child and Nicholas Pauling in The Hucksters. PHOTO: Barbara loots

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The Hucksters, an acid-tongued exploration of a casual sexual encounter gone awry, will run at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio for a short season from Wednesday 22 January to Saturday 1 February.

The play opened to rave reviews and sold-out performances last year. Award-winning playwright Louis Viljoen, known for his bitingly sharp works such The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura and The Demon Bride, directs the award-winning duo Emily Child (The Pervert Laura, The Road to Mecca, Contractions) and Nicholas Pauling (A Steady Rain, Blue/Orange and The Father) and Nicholas Pauling. A man and a woman meet after not seeing each other for years and what starts off as a romantic, booze-fuelled evening, slowly begins to unravel into a psychological mystery as an incident from their shared history rears its head. The mistakes of the past become the horrors of the present as these two broken people dig into their previous lives and the lies that lead them to each other.

The Hucksters has been described as Viljoen’s best work yet with Theatre Scene Cape Town calling it a “blistering masterpiece”. Writer and literary critic, Karina M Szczurek, described it as “thought-provoking … fantastic performances. It takes a lot of skill to capture the messiness of human encounters with the pressures of violence, complexity and trauma in play”.

Viljoen has won Fleur du Cap Theatre awards for Champ in 2013 and The Kingmakers in 2015, both for Best New South African Script and he was the recipient of the Rosalie van der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

Set and lighting design is by Niall Griffin (Tuesdays With Morrie, The Last Five Years, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hedwig and The Angry Inch).

The play contains explicit language and scenes of a sexual nature so there is an age restriction of 18 years. V Tickets are R130 and booking is through Webtickets or Pick n Pay stores.


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