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ORDINARY MAN (article first published : 2003-06-29)

It has been some time since we have had the opportunity to see new fresh performers on the Grahamstown National Arts Festival fringe that really sparked off the old-time fringe spirit in me. Vusa Production’s Ordinary Man is certainly a fringe gem during this year’s festival.

The mundane life of an ordinary man; me, you, anyone, suddenly becomes exposed as a journey of choices through this evocative and energetic piece of work. Many questions are being posed as to the journey of man. Ordinary Man explores the life of man as a game manipulated by the energies of the universe. Or is it man that manipulates its existence in the universe?

A very talented young cast showcase their skills and the influence of Andrew Buckland, all three being former students of the latter, are clearly visible. Comfortably directed the play is humorous, light hearted but extremely intense and somewhat cynical. Work-shopped productions often lack unity, Ordinary Man has however been cleverly directed allowing all three performers to truly explore their talents still keeping the production on track and focused.

Tracy Fletcher, Devlin Brown and Taryn Bennet, directed by Louisa Aird and assisted by Janna Feldman offers true fringe experimental theatre not to be missed. - Luke Thomas




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