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DAWIE’S BIG NIGHT IN (article first published : 2005-02-7)

Dawie’s Big Night In is a new work written and directed by award winning actress Clare Mortimer and starring Thomie Holtzhausen. It premiered at the 2004 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown where it was successfully received. This stirring and exciting theatrical piece will have a short run of three performances only at Kwasuka Theatre towards the end of February.

The one-hander is performed by multi-talented actor, Thomie Holtzhausen, who impressed Durban audiences with his amusing one man shows Georgy Porgy for which he received two Durban Theatre Awards nominations, and Rugga Buggers. More recently he was seen as one of the Ugly Sisters in the family pantomime, Cinderella.

Subtitled “A small man’s big story”, Dawie’s Big Night In tells the tale of an ordinary South African male stuck within his own environment. An intriguing play, it has much pathos running alongside some hilariously funny moments. Thomie Holtzhausen’s portrayal of the small man telling his big story has been described by critics as “…absolutely fabulous.”

Dawie relates his childhood experiences whilst being convinced of his own moneymaking invention: a low but wide wire fence to keep intruders out. His relationships with his mother, father and brother form the background to his relationship with the world around him.

A truly South African piece that engages the audience in the joys and in the tribulations of everyman. Clare Mortimer has succeeded in writing a brilliant play that places high demands on both director and actor while inviting introspective participation from the audience. Clare Mortimer’s emphasis on the sub-text enhances a comical experience and in so doing brings prominence to the essence of the play.

Dawie’s Big Night In runs at Kwasuka Theatre from February 24 to 26. Early bookings is advised on 082 487 5885.




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