Director: Alby Michaels
Written By: Reza de Wet
Featured Artists: Sussie Cilliers – Liezl de Kok, Frikkie Cilliers – Zak Hendricks, Mr Grové – Mpho Osei-Tutu, Alina – Olive Strachan
Company: UJ Arts & Culture Faculty of Art
PLEASE NOTE: Duration is 2h15 and not 1h35 as stated in the programme
After a year-long interdisciplinary process, UJ Arts & Culture Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) presents Reza de Wet’s iconic African Gothic (translation of Diepe Grond).
Set against the backdrop of a farm in desolate ruin, the play tells the story of the complicated, passionate, and troubled relationship between two siblings. While they live in the past with no discernible future, struggling with their own demons, they face eviction in the present by an officious lawyer. Directed by Alby Michaels, with a stellar cast that includes Liezl de Kok, Zak Hendricks, Mpho Osei-Tutu and Olive Strachan, African Gothic is set to satisfy both the discerning theatre lover and novice alike.
The staging of the play is the culmination of a process that has seen more than 300 students and lecturers from different departments in FADA becoming involved in various design and development aspects of the work. Student groups were challenged to design the set, costumes and develop a marketing campaign, together with collateral for the play. In addition to developing unique skills, a valuable outcome of the process was learning how to work collaboratively, which is becoming increasingly important in an environment where more than specialised knowledge is demanded from professionals.
Sussie Cilliers – Liezl de Kok
Frikkie Cilliers – Zak Hendricks
Mr Grové – Mpho Osei-Tutu
Alina – Olive Strachan
Lighting Design: Oliver Hauser
Stage Manager: Ayanda Bulose
Makeup: Christelle van Graan
Set Design by 2017 Second year FADA Students, mentored by Sarah Roberts
Costume and props by 2017 Second year FADA Students, mentored by Jo Glanville
Set Construction: Nadine Minnaar
Sound Design: Franco Prinsloo
Costume Construction by Madeleine Lotter-Viljoen
Props Construction by Caitlin de Villiers