CapeTalk presenter John Maytham is at the National Arts Festival 2016 and reflects on the production "The Inconvenience of Wings".
Lara Foot is the featured artist at this year's National Fesitival of the Arts in Grahamstown. Her new play, The Inconvenience of Wings, had its world premiere at the Festival.
Lara Foot was the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre in 1996. Twenty years later, and in the year that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Women's march on the Union Buildings, she contributes three plays to a Main Theatre programme that is 80% dominated by female creative energy.
Inconvenience of Wings shows just how much Lara has developed as a creative artist in the last two decades. It is a play about friendship and marriage, and the dysfunction caused by addictive tendencies, and the soaring ecstasy and crashing pain of being bipolar.
It features wonderful performances by Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu, and an absolute tour de force from Jennifer Steyn as the bipolar Sara who both hates and loves her condition with equal force.
If there is a better piece of theatre at the Festival, please lead me to it. Inconvenience of Wings moves to the Baxter Theatre from the Festival. It is a piece that no serious theatre lover should miss. Be there, and tot up the number of awards for which it will be nominated, most of which it will win. It's that good.
Image credit: CuePix/Danielle O'Neill - NAF 2016