‘Artifex’ also being staged at Guild Theatre

Due to the resounding success of its performance at the Alexander Playhouse recently, Artifex will be showing at the Guild Theatre for one night only.

MOVING PERFORMANCE: The talented cast of Artifex in action at the Alexander Playhouse Theatre recently. Due to its success, the show will be performed at the Guild Theatre for one night only. Photo: CAMERON KRETSCHMANN

Due to the resounding success of its performance at the Alexander Playhouse recently, Artifex will be showing at the Guild Theatre for one night only.

The show starts at 7pm on September 30 and is being presented once more by the Dramatic Society of East London (Dramsoc).

Artifex is a physical theatre play directed by Pieter Taljaard and is inspired by SA composer Marais van den Berg’s First Symphony.

From start to finish, the play is rivetting and relatable in every respect as it tells the tale of Uiro (played by Ian Watson) and his journey from the womb through life’s challenges to ultimate triumph over the adversities he faces.

Hope and despair, love and hate, friendship and enmity are some of the emotions artfully depicted by the talented cast as they oppose or assist Uiro as he finds solace in the world of toys and books, meets bullies and friends at school, falls into depression in the rat race trap and finally becomes the creative spirit that he was meant to be.

“We explore the highs and lows of following your dreams even when the world seems determined to prevent you from achieving them”, says Taljaard.  “Along the road of discovering life our artist friend meets up with many colourful characters, all searching for a higher purpose in their lives.”

The other talented actors who perform alongside Watson include Daluxolo Mgweba who plays the lead role of Mysterio, Charné van Tonder as a clown, Janalu Mac Kenzie as a blue fairy, Damon Briceland as a toy soldier, Jamie van der Merwe as the evil circus master and Tamara Kesner who plays the role of the matriarch.

The message of perseverance through adversity is illustrated effectively by the cast and is skilfully integrated with the music and the exceptional narrative.

Tickets are R100 per person and can be purchased at Computicket.

All COVID safety measures will be adhered to.

 

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