‘SWERFGOED’ RE­TURNS

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - MY CITY -

FOL­LOW­ING its suc­cess at the Klein Ka­roo Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val (KKNK) ear­lier this year, Bauke Sny­man’s Swerfgoed, per­formed in Afrikaans and di­rected by Ti­narie van Wyk Loots, re­turns to the Bax­ter Golden Arrow Stu­dio stage, from Septem­ber 5-22 at 7.30pm, with Satur­day mati­nees at 3pm.

It is a year af­ter the play was se­lected (out of 15 fi­nal­ists) for de­vel­op­ment at the 2017 Teks­mark (Text Market) at the Bax­ter. It pre­miered at the 2018 KKNK where it won three Kanna Awards for best de­but text (Sny­man), best sup­port­ing ac­tress (Ni­cole Holm) and best sup­port­ing ac­tor (Richard Septem­ber).

Van Wyk Loots makes her di­rec­to­rial de­but with a dy­namic cast (most who play mul­ti­ple char­ac­ters), led by Anna-Mart van der Merwe and An­drew Laub­scher along­side Holm and Septem­ber.

Swerfgoed takes a dystopian view of her­itage and sac­ri­fice of Greek pro­por­tions, but com­edy of­ten lurks in tragedy’s shadow. Some­where in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, wa­ter is the most ex­pen­sive and pre­cious re­source, and peo­ple would kill to get it. On an iso­lated stretch of land, at the Mo­tel Stille­wa­ter (Still Wa­ter), an an­cient trea­sure is locked away. The pe­cu­liar (and funny) bunch of in­hab­i­tants who live here will not al­low any­one to in­trude and still wa­ters run deep. As it is be­comes even scarcer and sur­vival is threat­ened, peo­ple will do any­thing to get their hands on it, even com­mit mur­der.

Ticket prices range from R80 to R130. There is an early spe­cial of R100 for book­ings made be­fore Septem­ber 5.

Book­ing is through Webtick­ets, on­line at www.webtick­ets.co.za, or at se­lected Pick n Pay stores.

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