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THE MOSQUITO COAST (article first published : 2003-07-23)

Troubadour Productions, well-known in Durban circles for its involvement in the arts, will be touring KZN schools with a dramatised work based on Paul Theroux’s novel The Mosquito Coast. The production is designed to assist learners with their preparation for their final literature examinations at the end of the year.

The Mosquito Coast will be available to schools from July 28 to August 15 and in order to minimise disruption of classes, the production will travel to the school.

The production will also be performed at the Kwasuka Theatre in Stamford Hill Road during the week August 18 to 23 at 18h00.

Scripted by Dennis Schauffer and Patrick Collyer, the show is original and exciting. It is not a straight dramatisation of the novel, as this would be impossible considering the scope of the novel, its unusual settings and situations.

Featuring seasoned professionals Peter Gardner, husband and wife team Shannon and Patrick Kenny and newcomer Dean Roberts, the production is directed by Patrick Collyer.

The basic scenario of the show is that of a film director discussing a proposed film script of The Mosquito Coast with his director and scriptwriter when the representative of the publishing company that holds the rights for the novel arrives unannounced. After having read the proposed film script, she is determined to declare their application for the film rights null and void because their script trivialises the novel. A heated discussion follows, resulting in a surprise ending. In the process many aspects of the novel are discussed, argued and explained.

The show runs for a little over an hour and will be of considerable benefit to those who are struggling with the novel. It will also stimulate more advanced students who will be interested in the different ways in which literature and art can be debated.

Schools interested in booking for the production either at their school or at the theatre should contact Peter Gardner on 083-225 7934




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