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WAITING FOR GODOT (article first published : 2006-04-21)

Themi Venturas Productions in association with the Durban High School Drama Department will present Samuel Beckettís classic play Waiting for Godot at the Catalina Theatre in May. This is in keeping with the theatreís policy of helping the KZN education effort.

Waiting for Godot is as one of Samuel Beckett's most famous works. Originally written in French in 1948, Beckett personally translated the play into English. The world premiere was held on January 5, 1953, in the Left Bank Theatre of Babylon in Paris.

The plot of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is amazingly simple. Two homeless burlesque-type tramps, Estragon (representing manís body) and Vladimir (representing manís intellect), wait by a tree for the arrival of a never-seen Mr Godot. While they wait, they at different times bicker; banter; ponder on the meaning of life; forage for food Ė even contemplate suicide, while succumbing to the inevitable boredom.

Two other characters appear: a master and a slave, Pozzo and Lucky, who in the traditional telling are half vaudeville characters and half marionettes.

Eventually a young boy arrives to say that Mr Godot will not come today, but that he will come tomorrow - implying that the act of waiting is never over. The implicit despair in the play, which permeates the lack of action and gives the play its metaphysical texture, is the fact that the two tramps cannot not wait for Godot, and that he cannot come.

Waiting for Godot will be directed by Sean Grey with a cast that includes Clinton Philander, Hamish Kyd, Gareth Purchase, Suheil and Alexander Venturas. In a setting designed by Peter Court with lighting designed by DHS old boy Thomas Peters this production promises to bring this classic work of absurd theatre to life for matric learners.

The production has performances at 11h00, 18h00 and 20h00 on certain days, running from May 17 to 26.

Tickets R25 per learner. Teachers accompanying scholars are offered one free ticket for every 10 learners. Shows in the evening open to public at R60 per person.

To book call Liesel or Thandeka on 031 305 6889.




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