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SPITFIRE: THE RETURN OF THE RED (article first published : 2007-01-26)

After a successful appearance on the Musho! Festival, Iain Robinson (alias Ewok) takes his play Spitfire: The Return of the Red to The Theatre - St Anne's College for one performance on February 1.

Spitfire introduces two characters, two poets, existing in two different spaces, yet engaging with similar content in their work. The first poet, Spitfire himself, secludes himself from society to observe the world in all its madness. The second poet is a street walking, fast-talking rapper - a hustler, trying to push his product to anyone who will listen.

While Spitfire is aware of the existence of the hustler, the hustler is oblivious to the presence of Spitfire. In this way the show becomes about the dual nature of most human beings; the private eye and the public face, and how they combine.

The poetry and text of Spitfire is a blend of SLAM Poetry and Rapping staged in a physical theatre style. Robinson's first show, One Mind, One Mouth, One Mic enjoyed a successful 2006 where it won the Audience Choice award at Durban's first MUSHO! Festival. He played across the country attending various theatre festivals including the Standard Bank National Schools Arts Festival. Spitfire premiered on the MUSHO! Festival and won two awards: Audience Choice and Pick of the Festival.

Iain 'EWOK' Robinson is a trained actor and dancer with a tertiary education who has developed a performance style incorporating Rap and SLAM poetry. He scooped a first at the SA Freestyle MC Championships in Cape Town, and was placed fifth in the World Slam Poetry Championship in Rotterdam. He has collaborated extensively with the prestigious Flatfoot Dance Company and does community work because he's "concerned about the state of the state; the state of the people living in the state; the state of the people living ...". His insight into the world around him, coupled with a strong social conscience, enables him to access the truth of the world in which we live.

Spitfire: The Return Of The Red appears in association with Do What I Please Productions in The Theatre - St Anne's College on February 1 at 19h30. Tickets R30. Bookings through Toni on 033 343 3300.




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