Africa Melane squeezed himself into a sold out show called 'The Visit', a play written, directed and produced by Brent Palmer.
Brent is an award winning writer, actor and comedian that has worked extensively in television, film and theater. Africa describes the play as being delightful, entertaining and insightful. He later adds that he walked out of Alexander Bar with half a six pack because of how hard he was laughing.
The award winning writer describes 'The Visit' as a homecoming, comedy, drama about a man who returns home from Hollywood to visit his friend. The two had studied drama and acting together but their lives turned out completely different.
His friend has chosen a different path. The polar opposite route to him. He became a school teacher and he teaches drama and English to his students.— Brent Palmer, Award winning Writer, Actor and Comedian
Brent goes on to state that in the play, the evening shared by the two friends turns tense, comedic and filled with lost dreams, aspirations and tragedy.
Even though you laugh throughout the play. There are some important political and personal statements in the writing. Comedian and author of 'Truth In Comedy', Ben Rosenfeld states that there is truth in comedy and that truth is actually funny because honest discourse, observations and reactions are better than deliberate innovations.
Brent has used his comedic talents to direct successful shows for comedians such as Nik Rabinowitz and Stuart Taylor. He's a regular at the Cape Town Comedy Club and has worked alongside comedians like John Vlismas, Mel Miller and Trevor Noah.
Catch 'The Visit' at Alexander Bar from 16 - 28 October 2017.
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This article first appeared on 702 : Art Feature | The Visit