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DE WET’S DREAM (article first published : 2006-01-31)

First performed at The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown in July 2005, De Wet’s Dream is a highly physical two-hander, telling the story of the De Wet brothers of De Aar, obsessed with movies, money and Maggie. Performed with no set, props or costume changes, the two actors create 13 different characters in this comic and beautiful story about love, brotherhood and the Karoo’s most famous crime.

fresco theatre has produced and/or directed a number of highly successful productions including Black and Blue, Wood for the Trees and 2 for the price of 1. The company is committed to providing audiences with entertaining, quality theatre that is fresh, visual, nourishing and vital.

There will be one performance of De Wet’s Dream at The Theatre – St Anne’s College on February 13. Produced by fresco theatre & Rous and Reddy Productions, it is directed by James Cunningham & Helen Iskander.

James Cunningham is South African and trained at the University of Natal, with Keith Johnstone at The Loose Moose Theatre in Canada and at The Jacques Lecoq School in France. He has devised, performed and directed theatre with various companies in South Africa, UK, France, Spain and Canada.

Helen Iskander is English and first became interested in performing when she joined the Birmingham Rep Youth Theatre as a teenager. She later completed her BA degree in Performing Arts at Middlesex University in London and furthered her training for two years at The Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, France where she was awarded a Diploma in Movement, Mime and Physical Theatre.

James Cunningham and Helen Iskander met at the Jacques Lecoq School in France and later married and moved to South Africa. fresco theatre was formed in Johannesburg in 2001.

In 2002, they created Baobabs Don’t Grow Here with director Sylvaine Strike. Baobabs has been touring Southern Africa and Europe for the past three years, winning international acclaim, culminating in a filmed performance for SABC tv.

Appearing in this performances of De Wet’s Dream are Meren Reddy and Luke Rous. Meren Reddy matriculated from The National School of the Arts in 1999. He has a BA degree in live performance from AFDA and is currently doing his honours at the same institute. Luke Rous is a physical performer, as well as an accomplished playwright, theatre creator, and accredited Sitcom writer/actor (Unicity & E-TV).

The performance of De Wet’s Dream at The Theatre – St Anne’s College in Hilton takes place at 19h00 on February 13. Tickets R35 – bookings on 033 343 3330.




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