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DEFENDING THE CAVE WOMAN (article first published : 2002-08-20)

For years South African audiences have seen the caveman strut his stuff on stage in Tim Plewman’s phenomenally successful Defending the Caveman. Now it is time for the Cave Woman’s retort when Defending the Cave Woman has a one-week run at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway from September 10 to 15.

Written and directed by Emma Peirson and performed by Vanessa Frost, Defending the Cave Woman is a hilarious look at the never-ending battle of the sexes from the female point of view. The play takes place on the eve of Vanessa’s wedding day and the audience is invited into her “cave” to share in her anxieties surrounding the man of her choice and her insecurities about being the woman of his.

The publicity warns audiences not to expect “a various feminist attack of the male phallus, rather prepare yourself for a laugh-a-minute look at two very different creatures trying desperately to co-exist on the same planet.”

Emma Peirson and Vanessa Frost are both graduates from The South African School of Film, Television and Dramatic Art in Johannesburg. This hit show enjoyed full houses at Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2000 and at the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunsfees in 2001, as well as very successful seasons at the New Wave Theatre in Milpark and Tate’s Theatre Café in Melville.

The show performed to full houses again in July 2001 at the Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg, as well as at The Barnyard Theatres in White River and Magoebaskloof. In 2002 the show has been very successfully performed in Gabarone, Botswana, at the Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg and The Barnyard Theatre in Plett.

Tickets R65 for the show at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway from Wednesday to Saturday, with the popular “Buy One Get One Free” promotion on Tuesday night and Sunday lunchtime shows.

Bookings and enquiries from The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566-3045/6, e-mail barngate@mweb.co.za or visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za




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