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FULL CIRCLE (article first published : 2006-01-22)

The award-winning play, Full Circle, by former Pietermaritzburg poet and playwright, Kobus Moolman, has finally come to his hometown!

Critically acclaimed at its world premier in Grahamstown this year, Full Circle comes to the Hilton College Theatre from January 30 until February 5.

The play received the Jury Award for Best Script at the 2004 Performing Arts Network of South Africa Festival of New Writing and was selected by several critics as their pick of the festival at the 2005 National Arts Festival. The Sunday Independent described it as “a work of luminous beauty”, while The Witness hailed it as “gripping, perceptive and totally absorbing”.

Full Circle is a hard-hitting drama about power, identity and transition. The play combines elements of the thriller and of film noir in an iconoclastic display of ethnic nationalism and religious fundamentalism.

In 1856, the young Xhosa prophetess Nongqawuse persuaded her people to slaughter all their cattle and destroy their crops with the promise that the sun would rise in the west and the white settlers would disappear into the ocean. What is going on then, in 1994, when Meisie, a young blind Afrikaner extremist, starts having the same visions?

The play is directed by the multi-talented Charmaine Weir-Smith and stars an impressive line-up of actors; with Michael Richard playing Oom, Anriette van Rooyen as Meisie, Kobus Venter as Boetie and Samson Khumalo as the enigmatic Inspector. The play has been designed by Denis Hutchinson, and is produced by the Hilton College Theatre with the assistance of Pietermaritzburg-based businesses City Printing Works and Parklane Superspar.

Performances from January 30 to February 4 at 19h30 and February 5 at 14h30. The play runs for two hours, with an interval.

Tickets R60. School and group bookings are welcome. Kobus Moolman, who teaches Creative Writing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, will host a series of writing workshops for schools around the theme of the play. Teachers interested in these should contact Doreen Stanley on 033 383 0126 or email theatre@hiltoncollege.com

The same contact details apply for bookings.




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