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CAVEMAN AT DTA (article first published : 2007-11-24)

One of the highlights of the Mercury Durban Theatre Awards on November 26 will be the KZN launch of Defending The Caveman which has finally made the jump from stage to page. Tim Plewman - well-known actor, director and playwright who starred as the caveman 1,544 times - has released Defending The Caveman as a book – a world first. The hit one-man play has been seen by more than 600,000 South Africans since 1997, in book-form is published by Two Dogs.

“Defending The Caveman is considered the most successful comedy stage show of all time and has been seen by millions of people in more than 30 countries, but no-one had ever got around to writing a book about it,” explains Tim Richman, publishing manager of Two Dogs.

Tim Plewman broke many South African theatrical records in his near decade of performing the “ultimate date play”. In writing the book, he has reproduced his personal script, adapted from Rob Becker’s original play, and illustrated it with the anecdotes, humour and insight that performing it around the country for nine years brings. Having worked for six months on the book, he explains that there are two distinct voices captured in the book – the original lively and boisterous script in colloquial South African language, which delves into the relationship between men and women today – and his more reflective, though equally entertaining, recollections and commentaries.

Tim Plewman will be in the foyer of the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre signing books before and after The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. This will take place at 19h30 and offers a glamorous and glitzy evening honouring the best theatrical talent of the past year. Booking is at Computicket.

Defending The Caveman is now available at leading bookstores and online at www.twodogs.co.za The recommended retail price is R120.




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