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DOUGLAS LIVINGSTONE POETRY (article first published : 2001-03-29)

Friends of the late Douglas Livingstone, acknowledged as one of South Africa’s finest poets, are currently presenting a dramatised reading of his works at Kwasuka Theatre until April 7. Performances are nightly at 19h30 from Wednesday to Saturdays with a matinee at 14h30 on March 31.

Directed by Patrick Collyer, Caroline Smart and Peter Gardner have revived an 18-year old production originally created for the 1986 Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. With the introduction of atmospheric lighting design and acoustic guitar links played by Patrick Collyer, “Douglas Livingstone … We Presume?” is acknowledged as a fine interpretation of the poet’s work. Even by the poet himself during his lifetime. Douglas Livingstone died in 1996 and this is the first time since his death that the cast has performed the show.

“Kwasuka’s intimate and comfortable atmosphere makes it a perfect venue for Douglas’s works,” says Peter Gardner. “We have divided the poetry into appropriate sections – none longer than 15 minutes, some even as short as five. We link the poetry with chat and a few anecdotes about Douglas. Even if you’re not sure whether you like poetry or not, you can’t failed to be moved by the wonderful Livingstone word images.”

Book at Computicket or at the theatre on (031) 309-2236.




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