What's On - On Stage
SPECIAL THANKS TO GUESTS FROM AFAR
Mon, 29 October 2012
(Pic: Pat Bromilow-Downing)
Artscape in Cape Town is hosting the play Special Thanks to Guests from Afar, written by award-winning playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti and directed by Matthew Wild, from 8 to 24 November.
It tells the story of two South African friends - one of whom is gay - who haven't seen each other in years and are reunited at a wedding in a small resort town on the Baltic coast in the former East Germany.
Luke is a gay Economics professor from UCT; Thabisa is a Zürich-based banking executive and the daughter of a struggle hero.
They arrive a day early by mistake and meet the attractive sexually ambiguous brother of the groom, Markus, a German physiotherapist who takes regular assignments abroad with Médecins Sans Frontières.
Over the weekend the three chat, grumble, get drunk, fight, tickle, laugh and wonder about their strange ways in life, intimacy and friendship. The play is for anyone who has ever felt like an extra-terrestrial on the edge of a wedding.
Spagnoletti is best known for his play London Road, which won the Standard Bank Golden Ovation award in 2010, three Fleur du Caps and a Naledi Award. He also received the Oliver Schreiner Prize for Drama from the English Academy.
Special Thanks to Guests from Afar features actors Nicholas Dallas, Chi Mhende and Gideon Lombard. The costume design is by Angela Nemov and set and lighting design is by Alfred Rietmann.
Special Thanks to Guests from Afar runs at the Artscape Arena Theatre from 8 to 24 November with tickets R50 for the previews on 8, 9 November and R85 thereafter, via Computicket or 0214217695. Special discounts are available for students and pensioners and group bookings of ten or more.