At The Edge of the Light
Featured Artists: Girl - Sarah Grace Potter, Gran - Margot Wood, Creature - Emma Kotze, Father - Andrew Laubscher
Company: Wynne Bredenkamp
Hurtling through the drenched night, Girl finds herself at the threshold of the last safe place she knows, hoping to find solace in the grandmother she remembers of her childhood. Instead, Gran has shut herself away, scared of the noises in the dark, suspicious of the knocks on the door and terrified of the things that lie just at the edge of the light. As Girl teases out the strange and fantastical tale of her family’s history out of its agitated matriarch, the women begin to realise that to get to the truth, they must face the monster’s inside themselves, and as well as those pacing outside.
Described as ‘multi-layered and mesmerising’, the acting ‘nuanced and powerful’ and the whole production ‘a salutary experience; (Brommert, Cape Times, October 2017), At The Edge of the Light is the latest production by writer-director Wynne Bredenkamp, creator of multi-award winning Salt. Her latest project focuses on a delicate familial story of loss, perception and the consequences of dangerous, inherited behaviours. Bredenkamp describes the production as “a personal piece, patched together with my own experiences. Even so, through working with a female cast, auditioning actresses and talking to countless women over the years, the story is as old as time. At the heart of it, this play is about love. Too much of it, too little of it, holding on and letting it go.”
The production was first created under the Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Director’s Bursary.
Sarah Grace Potter, Margot Wood, Emma Kotze, Andrew Laubscher
Writer & Director: Wynne Bredenkamp
Set, Sound and Lighting Design: Wynne Bredenkamp
Vocals: Carla Navarrah
At the Edge of the Light forms part of the new platform at the Festival, STAGED
UJ Arts & Culture’s all-new play development platform, STAGED, is a public-facing extension of the hugely successful UJ Can You? programme which actively identifies and develops hidden talent from amongst UJ’s 50 000 students. STAGED similarly seeks to nurture new plays and professional talent for the stage by creating a national platform to showcase selected works to local and international producers and presenters.
Wynne Bredenkamp is a University of Cape Town graduate with distinction in a BA in Theatre Making and Performance. In her final year of study, she was a co-winner of the Most Promising Student Writer award, for being part of UCT’s student production Behind Every Yawn is a Silent Shout in the National Arts Festival. Writing, directing and producing her own work, she attended the NAF the next year and won a Standard Bank Ovation Award for her first professional production, Salt, as well as a PANSA New Writing Award. Last year she created two plays: Warrior Green, a post-apocalyptic tale of young eco warriors for children and At The Edge of the Light, which came to life under the Theatre Arts Admin Emerging Director’s Bursary and the mentorship of Tossie Von Tonder.
Sarah Grace Potter graduated from UCT in 2013 with Honours in Theatre and Performance. Her theatre highlights include working with writer-director Louis Viljoen on his multi-award winning The Pervert Laura and on his latest production The Demon Bride, as well as being part of Philip Rademeyer’s award- winning The Graveyard. Her film highlights include Oliver Schmitz’s latest project Shepherds and Butchers, working with Garion Dowds, Steven Coogan and Andrea Risenborough, as well as The Dark Tower, directed by Nokolaj Arcel starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. She has been part of a number of short film projects including The Book Club and A Weekend With Harry, both directed by Bauke Brauwer, which won Best Film at the 48-Hour Film Festival in 2015 and the Short of the Month at the Miami Independent Film Festival in 2016.
Margot Wood is an actor, theatre maker and lecturer based in Cape Town. After her studies in drama at UCT under Mavis Taylor and Robert Moore, she started her professional career in the then performing arts councils working with such theatre stalwarts as Siegfried Mynhardt, Nerina Ferreira, Sandra Kotze and Cobus Rousseau. Recent roles have included Milly in People are Living There (Best Production at the Fugard Festival in Nieu Bethesda) and Winnie in Beckett`s Happy Days at the National Arts Festival and Cape Town Fringe in 2014. She also works in community theatre and children`s theatre.
Emma Kotze completed her studies in Theatre and Performance at UCT in 2013, where she worked with director’s Christopher Weare, Luke Ellenbogen and Sandra Temmingh. After completing her studies, she was nominated for the 2014 Fleur Du Cap award for Most Promising Student. Since then, Emma has performed in Wynne Bredenkamp’s Salt at the 2014-2016 National Arts Festival, In The Wings, produced by the Chaeli Campaign and directed by Philip Rademeyer, The Incredible Journey, by Stefan Erasmus, Warrior Green by Wynne Bredenkamp, Oh Baby, I’m A Wild One, written and directed Louis Viljoen, Ameera Conrad’s Reparation and Wessel Pretorius’ Fotostaatmasjien. Emma has worked alongside Tinarie van Wyk Loots, Antoinette Kellerman, David Minnaar, Cintaine Schutte and Stian Bam in a stop animation film based on N.P. van Wyk Louw, Raka, produced by Ysterfang, Puppetry and Animation company, which is set to premiere in 2017. Furthermore she has studied film acting under Bonni Rodini and is co-developer of an education program called Junior Geniuses, which specializes in using performance as medium to support science teaching on primary school level.
Andrew Laubscher is a Cape Town-based film and theatre actor. In 2014, Andrew won the Fleur de Cap Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Riff-Raff in The Rocky Horror Show performed at The Fugard Theatre. Andrew’s most recent work include The Emissary, written and directed by Louis Viljoen; The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner directed by Adrian Collins, Marat/Sade directed by Jaco Bouwer performed at The Baxter Theatre and Tiger Bay performed at The Artscape Theatre. More theatre highlights include Mirror Mirror directed by Geoffrey Hyland and written by Mike van Graan; As You Like It directed by Geoffrey Hyland; Cosi directed by Scott Sparrow; Antony and Cleopatra directed by Marthinus Basson; A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Guy de Lancey; Lovborg’s Women directed by Chris Weare (Fleur Du Cap nomination for Best Supporting Actor); Mafeking Road directed by Tara Notcutt; A Comedy Of Errors directed by Matthew Wild; and Balbesit directed by Jaco Bouwer.
Production images taken by Jesse Kramer.