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NAF PHYSICAL THEATRE (article first published : 2007-06-19)

Food fights, sea voyages, drug addictions and super heroes - the diversity of creative thinking is plainly evident in the work featured on the Physical Theatre menu for the 2007 National Arts Festival Fringe.

Zanne Solomon twists between quirky characters in her one-woman comic drama, The Day of the Truffles. Find out what happens when good food goes bad in this high-energy, physical comedy that will make you think twice when next embarking on broccoli au gratin! In Heading Out to Sea by the Matchbox Theatre Collective, Nicola Haskins and Bailey Simon are the Ebb and Flow rivers who, searching for a better life, head down under to an even more topsy-turvy existence. Meeting a plethora of colourful characters on their journey, Ebb and Flow take audiences on a fantastical sea voyage to see whether the grass-banks are really greener on the other side.

Lisa Derryn Overy searches for the perfect sidekick in Property of Wonderboy, directed by Shane Potgieter. Growing up in the greatest super hero family ever would be hard work for anyone, but especially for Wonderboy - who really doesn't possess any super hero attributes at all. This physically hysterical twisted Christmas story is sure to give Spiderman III a run for its money!

In Waiting for Thandiwe, Lulu, a young UCT student is expecting a visit from his girlfriend, and he's not quite sure what the so-called "exile baby" will make of his home. Does he adopt the "pantsula" persona since he is in the township? Is he the holy Rasta, the sonnet-spewing intellectual or the Xhosa traditionalist? Watch closely as Lulama Masamini figures out his dilemma in this wildly funny show put together by Kwajuliwe Productions.

Andrew Buckland will be keeping himself busy this Festival with his new solo piece, Voetsek!, where, in his own inimical style, he submerges his audience into the world of a refugee surviving in a war-ravaged land. In Crapshoot, Buckland squares up to phenomenal saxophonist Rick van Heerden and his band Random Planet in a duel of high wire improvisation, that'll leave you wondering who is leading whom.

6 Minutes, with Peter van Heerden, Andre Loubscher, Ant Strack and Leila Anderson, is a live art installation dedicated to abuse. A theatre of witness, six minutes is described by Adrienne Sichel (The Star) as an "… extreme outpouring of artistic physical and intellectual expression". In 21st Century Animal by Resonance Bazaar, a hybrid of theatre makers fuse music, dance, theatre and digital cinema in a collaboration that lays bare the ordinary realities of our existence in a technically advanced world.

Athena Mazarakis has devised and choreographed a cross-discipline production that uses design and digital art as a backdrop for physical performance. Coming To explores the map of memories that is etched into the body and through this ‘anatomical cartography' she reveals glimpses of the life narrative of her Greek immigrant grandmother, whose life story, like many South African women, is muted or untold.

Brian Hiles stars in Michael Broderick's and Clare Mortimer's Jakob, a play about a young man who steals light to avoid ostracism and ridicule; Craig Morris returns with his zany Catcher in the Rye tale of a boy growing up in the KwaZulu-Natal hills, Blood Orange; and Brent Palmer's Journey to the Light informs on how moving from fear to power is as simple as taking the first step.

The 2007 Fringe programme is filled to overflowing with thought-provoking and fun productions!

Booking Kits are available at selected Standard Bank branches and Computicket outlets and on-line at www.nafest.co.za

Book early through Computicket! Contact the Festival hotline for more information on 046 603 1103/1164.

The festival is made possible by the sponsors, The Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, SABC and The National Arts Council.




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