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SCRATCH (article first published : 2004-02-29)

Shirley Kirchmann will perform her acclaimed darkly-comic one-woman show Scratch at the Catalina Theatre from March 9 - 20.

How far will an actress go? That's the question that is asked in Scratch.

The play has been described as refreshing and entertaining. This comedy follows the exploits of a young artist Diamanda Du Preez and her journey from young woman to tough cookie - a tale of passion, dreams, love, and revenge. Diamanda Du Preez believes that she's the Next Big Thing. Unfortunately she hasn't taken into account the rather sorry state of the South African acting industry, and starts to find out that becoming an actress, the highway to her dreams, might actually be a dodgy road leading to her worst nightmares.

"It is a tale of the trials and tribulations of making it in the tough world of acting. All though not a new theme, this one woman show script has a semi-autobiographic feel to it. It is a brave performance in which the boundaries of stand up genre and traditional theatre role-play are blurred," notes Star Tonight reviewer, Charles de Olim.

"Shirley Kirchmann is a "one woman army". Her renditions of "The Agency, Restaurant and Bar Managers" and other parts of her down-and-out life are so real that even if one has never personally been there, one can relate totally to what she goes through ... The energy and life Shirley puts into a sad existence, the fun and humour, the anxiety and dreams are all very real," enthuses a reviewer.

Scratch played to capacity audiences at two Grahamstown Festivals (2002, 2003). The show ran successfully in Johannesburg last December and has also been performed in Cape Town in January 2003, where it appeared in Collaborations Four: A festival for new South African Work, at the Arena Theatre, Artscape, as well at The Intimate later that year.

The show is directed by Jose Domingos. The original version of Scratch was co-written by Shirley Kirchmann and Stacey Sachs.

Scratch will have performances nightly at 20h00 and Sunday at 18h00. Information or bookings through the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889. Scratch is produced by Shirley Kirchmann and presented by Big Five DEVCO, a property development company which is proud to sponsor and fund South African arts and culture.




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