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THE ROAD TO MECCA (article first published : 2007-05-13)

Multi-award winning Durban theatre company KickstArt launches its artistic programme for 2007 with a production of Athol Fugard’s masterpiece, The Road to Mecca – the first season 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. Their cast includes Alison Cassels as Miss Helen, and Clare Mortimer as her young friend Elsa.

Apart from Seabrooke’s opening Festival taking place from May 17 to 20, the play will be the first major production in the new DHS Theatre which is situated at Durban High School on the corner of St Thomas and Musgrave Roads.

The Road to Mecca runs from May 25 to June 17 at 19h30 with performances from Tuesday to Saturday (Sundays at 15h00). There will be Wednesday matinees on May 30 as well as June 6 and 13. 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. (NB: 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 bookings can be made through Margie Coppen on 083 251 9412.




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