THEATRE COLLECTION
GRAHAMSTOWN FESTIVAL (SOUTH AFRICA)

By Mark de Villiers

 

Essentially, this is story about a young actor who is struggling to make a pivotal scene of a production work. This scene is one of him breaking down over his lover’s dead body who has committed suicide. In the play, he is helped by a rather devious co-actress and lover utilising various methods of getting the acting out of the actor.

 

The parts were well-played and, although simple, the plot kept you thinking. The spider added a humorous touch to the play – although its role was rather ambiguous.  Was it a plot-point, story-telling device, or perhaps (if you let the analysis sink deeper), a foil between the stage world and the “real” world.

 

One of the weaker points of the play was the inconsistent accents put on by the cast. Or were they consistent and I just missed it?  It was slightly confusing whether these were again a theatrical device or slight inexperience on the parts of the cast.

 

All in all it was a good play with young actors looking to show off their talents. Low budget, low props and small-play passion - even if a little melodramatic, it was money well spent on an hour’s entertainment.




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SPIDER IN THE COFFIN