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RUN TO GROUND (article first published : 2003-05-30)

An isolated farmhouse, lost somewhere on the endless stretches of a drought-stricken Platteland, is where Sussie and Frikkie call home. Here their parents were brutally murdered and here the two play out their mysterious fantasies under the watchful eyes of their old nanny, Alina. Until a lawyer arrives from Bloemfontein, and demands that they leave the farm, and return to the city Ö

Celebrated South African playwright Reza de Wetís award winning thriller Diepe Grond comes to Durban for the first time after sell-out seasons in Cape Town, Grahamstown, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein in an English language version titled Run To Ground.

It is being presented by Art for Africa, an initiative intended to promote the staging of interesting local writing in English, in association with the National Arts Council.

Starring award-winning actors Belinda Harward, Steven Stead, and Frantz Dobrowsky, and directed and designed by Durbanís most exciting young director, Greg King, Run To Ground promises to catch the imagination and thrill even the most jaded theatre-goer. This tense, taut thriller is the perfect vehicle for the talents of this dynamic and experienced cast of actors.

Belinda Harward is well known to Durban audiences for her memorable performances in Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Private Lives (Amanda), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolen) and You Might As Well Live (Dorothy Parker), amongst many others. She recently starred alongside Steven Stead in a Noel Coward revue, The Colonial Coward, which was highly acclaimed in London.

Steven Stead, who has recently been working as a director and actor in London will be remembered for his Hamlet in Durban, 2001, for which he won Best Actor Vita Award, and Peter Pan at the Playhouse (1992). Most recently, Steven was the associate director of the Olivier Award winning hit musical, Our House on Londonís West End.

Co-starring is Frantz Dobrowsky, whose great performances in Durban as Hamlet and Richard III are almost legendary, and who last played opposite Steven Stead as Captain Hook in NAPACís Peter Pan. He was most recently seen in Rajesh Gopieís The Coolie Odyssey which premiered at the Grahamstown Festival last year.

Run to Ground is being presented at the Kwasuka Theatre from June 6 to 28. There are no matinees. Performances Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 and Sundays at 18h30.

Tickets R50 excl. Computicket surcharges (R40 students, pensioners and block bookings 10 or more). Booking is through Computicket or Greg on 083 544 2006.




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