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THE WELL BEING (article first published : 2000-07-5)

How does one begin to describe The Well Being, the acclaimed production featuring Andrew Buckland and Lionel Newton directed by Lara Foot? I finally managed to see this extraordinary two-hander in Grahamastown after several unsuccessful attempts over the past 18 months.

Andrew Buckland and Lionel Newton are both highly respected and talented performers. Together they make a formidable team in this strange tale of Flo, a young woman living in a small-town and narrow-minded community. Flo is raped - by the local minister (religious, that is) - and in her trauma she proceeds to dig a huge hole as if her life depends on it.

The rains come, turn into floods and her estranged community leaves her to the rising waters and the company of two garrulous "skollie" frogs. To the rescue comes a porpoise who persuades Flo to frolic with him in the waves. He leaves her with a strange "egg" to which she eventually gives birth, the offspring being a half-fish half-human whose fate is sealed when the community return to insist Flo gives them the water from her well.

Apart from frogs and porpoises, there must be about 20 characters in this imaginatively-constructed piece, ranging from colonial-type old soaks to bitchy socialites. We may only see them for a few seconds but Buckland and Newton make them all memorable. Sometimes they both play the same part such as Flo and the deformed village idiot.

The only "set" comprises about 50 metres of paper, two buckets and a ball - oh yes, and a ripe melon! There are scenes when the only method of communication is whistling - when the porpoise teaches Flo his language.

This is a brililant production superbly directed and performed with sensitivity and genius. Don't question the logic or otherwise of the story - just enjoy the performance.




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