Moonless

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Theatre
PG (M - NFC)

Language: English
Director: Gopala Davies
Written By: Micia de Wet
Company: Gopala Davies and Micia de Wet

Stage Manager: Tharine Saslonka
Animator: Nell van der Merwe

The Man: Gopala Davies
The Woman: Micia de Wet
Musician: Matthew MacFarlane

This production uses technology not as a mere spectacle, but as something intrinsic to the narrative 

Engaging with loss, heartache and hope, Moonless uses magic realism to tell the story of two characters – a man consumed with grief, and a woman who has decided to give up speaking and live in isolation. While their interaction only spans the course of a single evening, the audience will be taken on a journey to the moon and back.

Inspired by personal narrative, Moonless combines live performance with projection and technology in a provocative and fresh way. Much of the performance is physically driven, deviating from the primacy of the spoken word, actively engaging audiences’ senses to construct meaning.

Gopala Davies is an award-winning actor and director, specialising in film and theatre. A regular at the National Arts Festival, he has received two Standard Bank Ovation Awards – as well as eight Naledi nominations. He was named one of the Top 5 Theatre Makers of 2017 by the South African Theatre Magazine.

Micia de Wet is a performing artist, writer, director and educator. She has written and performed in a number of productions that have premiered at the Festival, including Go sa nne le leina and the critically acclaimed Giftig.

A facilitated post-performance discussion will take place with director and cast immediately after the performance on 7 July at 12:00.

 

4 Comments

  1. Basson.gideonjohannes 6 July 2019 at 11:59 am

    Truly amazing show. The humorous female character compliments the intensity of the male character. The use of visual projection and live music from a talented artist is brilliant and unique!

  2. me 6 July 2019 at 12:05 pm

    What an absolutely wonderful, powerful message!! The truth of loss is so very clearly articulated in this story. such awesome animation feels like you in one of those French films. yet you are watching it unfold in front of your eyes!! Thank you for making such a powerful story!!!

  3. robertonthego 6 July 2019 at 2:05 pm

    very interesting concept – script, acting, set, direction and music were superb. Don”t miss it.

  4. vgservices 8 July 2019 at 9:54 am

    A sad tale beautifully told. A chance meeting of two characters – one who has turned her back on the world and the other whose life has no meaning any more. Together they reach a form of resolution that is both inevitable and surprising. This brilliant performance manages to be funny and profound despite the gathering clouds of despair.

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