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THE HOUSE HUSBAND (article first published : 2000-11-10)

Durban actor Aldo Brincat’s runaway success, The House Husband plays from November 10 to 30 at the University of Natal's Square Space Theatre, by popular demand after sell-out performances at the Grahamstown, Hilton and Slice of Madness Festivals earlier this year.

This acclaimed one-man production, which has caught the public’s imagination with its fresh take on the South African emigration issue, takes a tragi-comic look at a South African who has emigrated to Canada. While committed to this move, he struggles to come to terms with his wife Poppie’s failure to adapt to their new life.

Brincat got the idea for his new play as a result of the outflux of friends and colleagues who have emigrated and the impact this has had on his and their relationships. He gathered research material during a working trip to Washington earlier this year before scripting and workshopping his new show.

The House Husband has won wide critical endorsement. The Independent on Saturday called it “Blisteringly Good”. The Mercury's headline read “Bravo for Brincat!” and The Daily News assessment of the play’s Hilton performances read: “Brincat, normally known for his children’s shows and funny man roles, is superb in this black comedy, filled with pathos, tears and remorse. It is a performance, in a dramatically moody piece, which elevates Brincat to the role of a highly serious actor.”

Performances Tuesdays to Sundays at 19h30. Tickets R35 through Computicket or at www.computicket.com




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