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GREIG COETZEE IN UK (article first published : 2005-03-1)

Greig Coetzee is currently on a theatre tour of the United Kingdom and one or two other places with what he describes as “my old war-horse”, the multi-award winning White Men with Weapons.

South Africans living in the UK will surely want to see this production which has been a smash-hit almost since its first performance. Tour venues and dates in March are as follows:

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham (March 1); The Riverfront, Newport, South Wales (March 2); Civic, Doncaster (March 3); Gateway, Chester (March 4 and 5); Theatre Royal, Winchester (March 15); Theatre Mwldan, Cardigan (March 16); Drum, Birmingham (March 17 and 18); The Arc, Stockton-on-tees (March 22); Arts Centre, Colchester (March 23); Treskel, Cork (March 24); Weston Studio, Cardiff (March 25) and Arts Centre, Jersey (March 26).

There will also be performances in Singapore at the Necessary Stage from March 9 to 12 and in Dubai on March 31.

White Men with Weapons asks the question: What happens to the minds of men who are forced to fight a senseless war in a foreign land? Sometimes the real terror to be fought is the one inside us…”

This South African Theatre classic - by turns funny, poignant and harrowing - suddenly has a new relevance in a world gone mad. Armed only with razor-sharp satire, Coetzee's 13 characters take audiences on a roller-coaster ride through the old South African Defence Force, beginning just before Nelson Mandela's release from jail. A Corporal from hell, a drug-crazed Durban Rambo and an Anglican Chaplain with Tutu-phobia are just three of the many creatures to be met during this journey into the heart of South Africa's forgotten wars with its neighbouring states. And along the way Nelson Mandela walks free, forcing these punch-drunk, blood-shot soldiers to face their final battle as the sun rises on a new country.

Winner of an “Edinburgh Fringe First”, “The Stage Best Actor Award” as well as numerous South African Theatre awards, the production has been highly acclaimed by numerous critics both in South Africa and abroad.

More information at www.ukarts.com (go to the White Men with Weapons page) or by calling Greig on his UK Mobile: +44 798 676 4552 or by e-mailing him at termite@iafrica.com




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