"It's that good" - John Maytham gives Lara Foot's new play a rave review

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


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Zwelihle residents not happy with Bheki Cele, wanted him to leave

Zwelihle residents not happy with Bheki Cele, wanted him to leave

Police minister visited Zwelihle in Hermanus amidst violent protests but he was chased out because he didn't want to hear them out.

Gerrie Nel confident Thandi Modise will be prosecuted for animal cruelty

Gerrie Nel confident Thandi Modise will be prosecuted for animal cruelty

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel says that people can’t be sheltered from prosecution based on who they are or their political party.

Helen Zille calls on Minister Cele to involve SANDF in Hermanus protests

Helen Zille calls on Minister Cele to involve SANDF in Hermanus protests

Premier of WC Helen Zille shares memorable moments of Madiba, and chats about radicalised youth who are behaving brutally.

[LISTEN] Hermanus protests erupt again

[LISTEN] Hermanus protests erupt again

Editor at Hermanus Times Daleen Fouché gives updates on the Hermanus protest.

John Maytham reviews theatrical adaptation of Ruth First's story

John Maytham reviews theatrical adaptation of Ruth First's story

The play tells the real-life story of the anti-apartheid activists, and John Maytham offers his honest thoughts on the production.

John Maytham pens his thoughts on performances at the National Arts Festival

John Maytham pens his thoughts on performances at the National Arts Festival

CapeTalk presenter John Maytham is in Grahamstown for the National Arts Festival, and comments on his cultural experience so far.

Popular articles
Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

The new Home Affairs upgrades to the system include printing parents details at the back of the child's passport.

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

What are your sexual fantasies? Disclosure can bring sexual freedom, but it can also have downsides. A study lists the top trends.

More arrests are imminent in connection with the cash-in-transit heists - Hawks

More arrests are imminent in connection with the cash-in-transit heists - Hawks

Seven suspects were arrested in Limpopo in less than 24 hours after a cash-in-transit vehicle was blown up in the province.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

The story of amaBhungane (and how it’s digging up dung on the Guptas & friends)

The story of amaBhungane (and how it’s digging up dung on the Guptas & friends)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism Investigative Journalist Craig McKune.

Meet Elmar Conradie, CEO of low-cost FlySafair (world’s most on-time airline)

Meet Elmar Conradie, CEO of low-cost FlySafair (world’s most on-time airline)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Conradie for his “ShapeShifter” feature.

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

The Panorama, Welgelegen and Plattekloof Neighbourhood Watch has identified a new house break-in trend.