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WELL, I NEVER! (article first published : 2005-08-14)

Relax at a good old fashioned night out at the theatre. Imaginations can roam wild as two of South Africa's most respected exponents of "the well-made play" take audiences on a journey through the minds of three of the greatest story tellers of all time.

Presented by The Actors' Cooperative, Well, I Never! starring Vera Clare And Garth Anderson takes place at the Hexagon Dive in Pietermaritzburg on August 20.

Eloquent language and the graceful manners of a bygone age fill their candle lit stage as award-winning actors Vera Clare and Garth Anderson host an elegant evening of candlelight theatre at its best. Using their combined talent, these two well-loved stars employ their collective skill to gently coax all the comedy and witty humour that shade the intricately-woven stories of three masters of the short story: W. Somerset Maugham, Saki and Guy de Maupassant.

Make a fourth at bridge with Willie Maugham's Three Fat Women of Antibes. Come with Vera and Garth as they enter the magical imagination of H.H Munro's Lumber Room. Laugh quietly as you listen to Guy de Maupassant's Playing With Fire. Squirm with the young Willie Maugham in The Luncheon.

Recalling the evenings in the Sixties, when people used to dress up to listen to the beauty of perfectly spoken words as they sparkled out across a softly candlelit theatre, Vera and Garth have revived the wonderful art of Candlelight Theatre. Today, 40 years on, KZN audiences can revel in that same wonder. Cocooned in the warm cosiness of the theatre, a glass of wine in hand, audiences can again experience the special magic of the spoken word, and listen nostalgically as Vera and Garth ignore no nuance, leave no implication unspoken, sharing with their audience the wit and wisdom of an age gone by and the beauty of its language.

The show takes place at the Hexagon Dive, Pietermaritzburg, on August 20. Tickets R50 and there is a cash bar available (no drinks to be brought into the venue). Tables of six preferred . Bookings on 033 260 5537 or e-mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za




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