Comedy double bill at Galloway Theatre

2016-06-21 06:00
Leigh Bremridge and Trad Nogueira Godsey in The Bear.

Leigh Bremridge and Trad Nogueira Godsey in The Bear.

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The GingerbreadMan Collective will be presenting a comedy double bill; Anton Chekhov’s The Bear and The Proposal at the Galloway Theatre until Saturday.

The hilarious interpretation of two of Chekhov’s short plays explores the relationship between man and woman. At the helm is Sheldon Cross, who brings a fresh breath into this classic text. His visual concept is brought to life by designer Stephan Fourie.

In The Bear, Popova (Leigh Bremridge) has locked herself in the house since her husband’s death. Unable to pay her dead husband’s debt, she is embroiled in an argument with a neighbouring land owner; Smirnov (Trad Nogueira Godsey), whom she calls, among other things, a bear. Caught in the middle of their argument is Popova’s delicate footman, Luka (Matt Roy).

Like The Bear, The Proposal follows the fiery relationship between two highly opinionated characters. A long time neighbour, Lomov (Nogueira Godsey), asks for Stepan’s (Roy) sister’s hand in marriage. After receiving her brother’s blessing, Natalya (Bremridge) is asked to join them. This is where the farce begins. Arguing about the mundane, with his betrothed, Lomov finally collapses from exhaustion.V The show will run until Saturday 25 June. Tickets are R90 at or 021 418 4600. Email

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