Language:  Afrikaans / English

Directed by:  Walter Strydom & Helet de Wet

Based on plays by:  P.G. du Plessis, Reza de Wet, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Bartho Smit and Andre P. Brink

Complied for the stage by the ensemble

Featuring:  3rd Year Drama Students

Venue:  Scaena Theatre

Dates & times:

2 April at 19:30

3 April at 19:30

4 April at 19:30

Prices:  R 40.00 for adults / R 30.00 for students or scholars / R 25.00 for pensioners or for groups of 10 or more

Bookings:   Computicket (0861 915 8000)

Press Release

“Kastreer” brings hope?

It was a warm summer night about three million years ago in Southern Africa when our earliest human ancestor first came down from the tree, by accident. Since then the southern tip of the African continent has seen ages of crazy regimes, maniacal people and suppressive wars. Today we face 20 years of democracy with an inherent pessimism in not only our government, but also each other. Where will our saviour come from?

In the words of some of South Africa's leading writers for the theatre, eight final year students of the UFS Department of Drama and Theatre Arts create a voice for themselves in the setting of a chaotic, yet realistic classroom. Unsentimental and without any excuses, the state of the South African psyche – especially that of the youth –is examined: An investigation into the South African’s ape-man mentality – here and abroad.

Pieter-Dirk Uys’sVan Aardes van Grootoor, P.G. du Plessis’sNag van Legio, André P. Brink’sDie Jogger, as well as Bartho Smit’sDie Keiser and Reza de Wet’sAfrican Gothic,form part of the rich theatrical history unearthed by this new generation in their sardonic search for solutions. Dear audience, prepare yourself to remember: A teacher is there to scold, part of our confused youth, is to comply.

With directors Walter Strydom and Helet the Wet (creators of VREK, winner of BesteKopskuifstuk duringVryfees 2013), you can be assured of not only cutting commentary, but also an evening of hilarious entertainment with glaring moments of truth.

Just maybe you will find an answer in the UFS Scaena Theatre as to why the monkey fell off his little twig in the first place.

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