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FROM MY POINT OF VIEW (article first published : 2007-08-29)

With From My Point of View, Clare Mortimer and Darren King have taken a short story by Steven Berkoff and turned it into their one-act play, retaining Steven Berkoff's style of heightened physical theatre, of which he was an exponent and for which the term "total theatre" has been coined. Physical theatre it certainly is, the two actors carrying and rearranging the furniture and, indeed, even each other.

The pitiful home life of the forty-year old woman portrayed by Clare Mortimer in which her shrewish mother dominates her father, leading to his being physically and emotionally crippled, results in her frequenting bars and dance halls for abundant sexual encounters. However, she has her standards. It is an unlovable character but it is made poignant by Clare Mortimer's fine performance, ably supported by Darren King. Both are award winners and they display their talents well, fully complementing each other and working very well together. The big band backing tracks fit very appropriately to the action and form an integral part of the action.

The audience is taken on a ride between heartache and pathos. The levels to which one will be driven to escape loneliness and seek companionship are superbly illustrated. This is excellent theatre, cutting edge indeed, as befitting the newly named "Kwasuka Cutting Edge Theatre" in Greyville. Be warned, it is a play for mature audiences.

From My Point of View was a great hit at the Grahamstown Festival and the Durban season runs until September 9 with shows from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20h00 (Sundays at 18h00) except on August 31 when the show will start at 21h00. Tickets R65 (R45 students and pensioners). Booking through Strictly Tickets at strictlytickets.com or on their phone at 083 918 8551, or through the Catalina Theatre at 031 305 6889 Maurice Kort




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