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KEELY & DU (article first published : 2002-02-20)

The hard-hitting, deeply controversial contemporary thriller Keely and Du by American playwright Jane Martin. is being staged by KickstArt for a short run at the Square Space Theatre on the University of Natal Durban campus from February 26 to March 16.

KickstArt’s founder Greg King has also designed and directed the production, having launched the theatre company in 2000 with a highly successful run of Ben Elton's thrilling black comedy Popcorn.

Keely and Du challenges many issues: the right to life, the power of forgiveness and the role of the Church in issues of choice, politics and morality - whilst keeping audiences on the edge of their seats with a taut and gripping narrative.

Vera Clare returns to Durban following her delightful portrayal of Lady Bracknell in KickstArt's The Importance of Being Earnest. She and seasoned performer Aldo Brincat (The House Husband and King Kong) play a pair of radical Christian fundamentalists who kidnap Keely, a young girl who has been raped and is seeking to have an abortion.

The pivotal role of Keely is being played by relative newcomer Olivia Borgen, recently seen in KickstArt's original comedy Table Manners and who played the title role in his Agnes of God. The story unfolds in the prison-like basement of a suburban neighbourhood where the kidnappers' unimaginable plot is revealed, leading to a nail-biting chain of events and ultimately horrifying conclusion.

Book at Computicket or call 011 340 8000 for credit card bookings. Performances Tuesdays to Saturdays nightly at 19h30. There are no shows on Monday and Sunday.

Audiences should be warned that Keely and Du contains some extremely explicit scenes which may cause offence to sensitive viewers.




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