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GREIG ON THE SQUARE (article first published : 2005-04-30)

The Liberty Life Theatre on the Square in Sandton, Johannesburg, will host a combined season of two plays by acclaimed playwright, Greig Coetzee during May. These will be his international award-winner, White Men with Weapons, and his latest work, Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny.

The season opens on May 3 with the plays to be performed on alternate nights until May 28. White Men with Weapons will be performed on Wednesdays and Fridays at 20h15 and on Saturdays at 18h00, while Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny will be performed on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 20h15 and on Saturdays at 21h00.

2005 marks the tenth anniversary of the first performance of White Men with Weapons, directed by Garth Anderson. Greig Coetzee's international career began with this play when he performed it at the Lincoln Center, New York in July 1997. Since then the play has been performed in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Ireland and throughout Britain. It is currently being translated into German for a production in Stuttgart in 2006.

This South African Theatre classic, by turns funny, poignant and harrowing, suddenly has a new relevance to today's military conflicts. Armed only with razor-sharp satire, Greig’s 13 characters will 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 you will meet during this journey into the heart of South Africa's forgotten wars with it's 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.

Apart from numerous other international engagements in Europe, Greig Coetzee has been commissioned to write four plays by European producers. This included writing a comedy drama, Banana Republic, for BBC Radio 4 which he performed with Eastenders star, Tracy Ann Oberman.

In addition to over 20 South African Awards, including Best South African Play and South African Playwright of the Year, Greig has earned two international Awards at the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival. These were Best Actor on the Edinburgh Fringe and a coveted Fringe First Award.

Both plays contain strong language that some may find offensive. Recommended for ages 15 and over

Book at Computicket or call the theatre on 011 883 8606. There are group booking discounts and corporate dinner/show arrangements can be made by calling the theatre on 011 883 8606 for a most enjoyable, thought-provoking and brilliant evening at the theatre.




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