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DIVINE CHILD (article first published : 2003-01-20)

Wendy Nel and Clinton Marius have created an interesting and fascinating piece of theatre with Divine Child which opened this evening to run until the end of the week at Kwasuka Theatre. They present the philosophy that The Divine Child exists in all of us. Whatever our religious or spiritual beliefs, what makes up our souls and characters comes from earthbound, astrological and spiritual influences.

The idea grew from meta-physics teacher Clinton Marius’ self-improvement group which meets on a regular basis. While expounding his theories, his colleagues urged him to present them in a theatrical format. Divine Child presents the fairy tale/legend formula in its dramatic format while questioning, engaging, analysing and probing the process. Using theatrical, narrative and puppetry mediums, they explore the structure of fairy tales and the dual purposes of the characters contained therein.

“Once upon a time … we notice flowers,” reads the programme notes. “Now we walk past them. The Divine Child sees and rejoices in being a part of this world that is sheer miracle. Is that person still alive in us? One of the ways we can reconnect with this inner, radiant being is through the archetypal clues in fairy tales.”

At present the production falls fairly loosely between various genres – dramatic theatre, philosophical output, motivational speaking and self analysis, They don’t always sit comfortably side by side but the overall concept is worth observing and, being the creative talents that they are, I’m sure that tomorrow night’s performance will have benefited from tonight’s positive but critical reception.

I believe that this is a work in progress that has the capacity to become a very popular festival piece. It’s for those who are interested in thought-provoking academic discussion about the sociological impact of fairy tales.

Hayden Thompson has produced a striking and dramatic set which consists of three hanging banners depicting in turn branches and a moon; a tall tower in the blazing sun, and a red curtain next to narrow windows opening onto a starry sky.

The lion’s share of performance is Clnton’s, in his largest theatre presentation to date, while Wendy only appears as the supporter of her creation, the puppet Allerleirauh. Designers Ruff Tung produced some glamorous garments for their miniature model.

Running in conjunction with The Divine Child is an exhibition of ceramic relief sculptures by Wendy Nel titled Rediscovering Innocence. The show runs at Kwasuka from January 20 to 26 with performances every night at 19h30. Clinton will lead a workshop on the significance of fairy tales and self-discovery from 13h00 to 17h00 on January 26 at Kwasuka.

Tickets for performances R45 (R30 students/pensioners) with fees for the workshops at R150 (R100 students/pensioners.) Enquiries and bookings to 031 201 3739 or 082 573 3704. – Caroline Smart




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