One more chance to wing it to top play
FRESH from its success at the 2017 Edinburgh Assembly Fringe Festival in Scotland, acclaimed playwright, director and producer Lara Foot’s The Inconvenience of Wings, is at the Hilton Arts Festival today at 10am. Her other play, Karoo Moose was also staged at the festival.
Foot is the Baxter Theatre Centre’s chief executive and artistic director.
She said much of the success of the two plays, although different, was that their style was “very cutting edge”.
“They are dangerous and they speak about things that are important and taboo but, yes, certainly they speak to the heart of the audience in the sense that they share stories.”
In The Inconvenience of Wings, the cast includes Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu (pictured).
Earlier this year it scooped a string of Fleur du Cap awards for Best Director (Foot), Best Actor (Buckland) and Best Actress (Steyn).
It’s set in a landscape of memory and dreams, and tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels.
Sara (Steyn) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she’s compulsive and, among other obsessions, hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Her husband Paul (Buckland) is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and Professor James (Shabangu) tries to save Paul from the inconvenience of his wings.
At its heart there’s a love story, and it makes for compelling viewing with the contemporary themes of bi-polar disorder and compulsion, and its devastating effect on the family.
Cutting close to the bone for anyone who has suffered mental illness, or has lived with someone who is afflicted.
Foot says she has taken examples from personal experiences and associations and has also conducted extensive research on the subject matter.
“Inconvenience demonstrates that acknowledgement is a start for many many families that are dealing with a disorder, be it an addiction or families who are dealing with an ailment. It can become a very lonely thing.”
She adds that instead of people being aware that such ailments exist by watching the play, “they could become part of the solution as they are engaging by virtue of being faced with the issue”.
“I always look at the potential of upliftment and what one can do in terms of elevating others’ spirits.”
“The quality of the work we do and the actors is very high and the plays are thus very enigmatic and skilled.”
‘The Inconvenience of Wings’ at the Hilton Arts Festival today.