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WOMB TIDE (article first published : 2003-02-16)

Lara Foot-Newton’s acclaimed piece of daring theatre. Womb Tide, is to play Hilton College Theatre at the end of February.

Created and directed by Lara Foot-Newton, the play tells a poignant tale. Originally performed a few years ago it has been revived by Lara for a season in Amsterdam and will come straight from this season in the Netherlands back to Johannesburg and then to Hilton.

"I did the play in ‘96 and it opened the week Barney Simon passed away,” Lara recalls. “So no one had the space to push the production after it closed to full houses at The Market. Many people still refer to it as my best work and I would love the opportunity to take it further. I did a similar production in Sweden, but although it was more spectacular, it did not have as big a heart.

“The South African cast going to Amsterdam in this new production is undeniably brilliant - Brian Webber, Lela Henriques and James Ncobo,” she adds. “It uses metaphor and is exceptionally visual and evocative. The language is sparse and I make use of gesture, mime and metaphor. It examines the complexities of family life and what it is like to grow up with a not too stable mother: a white English middle class rather eccentric family with a child growing up in the 70’s - right up to now! The father is both English and Afrikaans - a kind of sad clown. It is very funny and very sad."

The Star’s review read: “Through the use of mime, interspersed with brief dialogue and a technique of cutting a scene in midstream, almost as if it were a film, the audience is kept on the edge of its proverbial seat, apprehensive about the outcome of a particular sequence." The Citizen offered that the play was "… an interesting fusion of realism, surrealism, symbolism and farce, and there is almost at times an ethereal quality to the action which downplays the stark reality of the story: downplays it so we can cut to the marrow - that dimension where the pain hurts like hell. First class Theatre which is a privilege to see"

Performances take place from February 27 to March at 19h30 at the Hilton College Theatre. Bookings on 033 343 0126.




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