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GREEN MAN FLASHING (article first published : 2004-07-7)

A tale of betrayal, rape, marital break-up, manipulation and violence, Mike van Graan’s new play, Green Man Flashing presented by Article 27, could be set almost anywhere in the world.

However, the fact that the programme features extracts from newspaper articles dealing with Deputy President Jacob Zuma’s much-publicised confrontation with public prosecutor Bulelani Ngcuka sets it fairly and squarely in South Africa.

A well-known arts activist, Mike van Graan has never been one to pull punches and Green Man Flashing provides a good vehicle for his incisive writing.

Director Clare Stopford has taken this fast-moving script and created a brilliant theatrical experience that is further enhanced by an excellent cast. Vusi Kunene brings an impressive calm stature to his role as high-ranking government official Aaron Matshoba, who spends a lot of time away from home co-ordinating peace initiatives in neighbouring countries (sound familiar?).

As the fiery lawyer, Anna Richards, Charlotte Butler is spunky and compelling. Sechaba Morojele is the volatile and dangerous Luthando Nyaka while Andre Samuels infuses a disturbing sense of hidden agenda to his role as Inspector Abrahams.

In a superb performance as Gabby, Aaron Matshoba’s wife, Jennifer Steyn blazes through the action with a searing honesty and fragile vulnerability. The end leaves us wondering whether she will take command of her destiny, rising above the skulduggery to relate events as they should be told.

Although the accent is on high drama, at one stage reaching an almost unbearable pitch in the nightmare scene, there is a sense of hope and positive action.

There is also much humour. Memorable moments are Aaron and Sechaba’s discussion about South African Airways still serving “white” food and their mistake in giving Sechaba the wrong gun back after he had handed it in at the beginning of a flight.

A note of congratulation to Jennifer Steyn for getting in and out of a bath – not once, but twice – in freezing Grahamstown weather and letting us believe that we were watching a scene in a warm, steamy bathroom!

Green Man Flashing is the winner of the Jury Award at the 2003 PANSA/UCT Drama School Festival of New Writing. It is currently running at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown until July 10 with support from the National Arts Council.

From the Festival, it moves to Johannesburg for several performances at the Market Theatre. Don’t miss it. – Caroline Smart




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