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THE ROAD TO MECCA (article first published : 2007-04-13)

Multi-award winning Durban theatre company KickstArt launch their artistic programme for 2007 with a production of Athol Fugard’s masterpiece, The Road to Mecca – which will represent the first full season of a dramatic production at the new Seabrook’s: The Chris Seabrook Theatre at DHS.

This remarkable play set in the tiny Karoo town of New Bethesda, in the now-famous “Owl House”, is an intricately-shaded balancing act of light and dark. The play is based on the real-life character of Helen Martins, whose eccentric, glitter-covered cement sculptures of camels, wise men, mermaids and owls in her back garden inspired Fugard to write The Road to Mecca.

The play has been made into an excellent film with Yvonne Bryceland, Kathy Bates and Athol Fugard himself, and has been produced all over the world in major theatres and many languages.

Directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King, this production promises to be both visually appealing and dramatically satisfying. The cast includes Alison Cassels as Miss Helen, and Clare Mortimer as her young friend Elsa.

The Road to Mecca runs at The Chris Seabrook Theatre at DHS from May 25 to June 17. The drama will be the first production in the new DHS Theatre, corner of St Thomas and Musgrave Roads. Performances Tuesday to Saturday at 19h30 (Sunday at 15h00) with matinees on Wednesdays. Tickets R80 (no discounts) booked through Computicket or at the theatre on the day of the performance.

Pensioners and students in possession of valid ID can enjoy a reduced rate of R60 if purchasing tickets an hour before each performance from the box office and paying in cash. (Please note: there are no credit card bookings on discounted seats) Seating is unreserved.

There is a special scholars’ rate of R45 per pupil if part of an official school booking. These can be made through Margie Coppen on 083 251 9412.




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