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THE ART OF TAKING OFF (article first published : 2004-01-23)

“I’m not playing Jesus. I’m just playing with elevation…”

Hanging on what is probably the central paradox of existence, this multi layered-work is shot through with ironic observations. The “Actor/Everyman” is suspended in the zone where anxiety and comedy clash. Ultimately it is his wit alone that sets this survivor apart.

Gerard Bester, “a highly astute clown”, and Sue Pam-Grant ofSuburban Bliss fame, have created a work where, living in an age of post-pop psychology, the crippling effect of obsessive and unremitting self-examination is observed from the last-ditch point of view of wry self-deprecation.

The work attracted attention at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002 where Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, felt “a small cult taking off.” In 2003 it had a highly successful run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and at the Witness Hilton Festival.

Bester conveys extraordinarily intense feelings, interspersed with giddy moments of irrepressible laughter.

Performances will be held on January 29 and 30 at 19h30. Tickets R50. Bookings on 033 383 0126.




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