17th August – 12th September
CRAIG HIGGINSON’S newest South African play
Auto & General Theatre on the Square
by arrangement with the National Arts Festival and the SA State Theatre presents
THE IMAGINED LAND
17th August – 12th September
directed by Malcolm Purkey
set and lighting designed by Denis Hutchinson
costumes and props by Joanna Glanville
produced by Daphne Kuhn
Nat Ramabulana, Janna Ramos-Violante and Fiona Ramsay
Daphne Kuhn is proud to present a new South African play by CRAIG HIGGINSON, fresh from the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown where it received rave reviews.
The plot revolves around famous Zimbabwean novelist is about to undergo brain surgery. Her daughter, a literary critic studying in America, is coming home to Johannesburg to take care of her.
A young biographer – also originally from Zimbabwe – arrives at the front door, requesting to write the biography of the woman who changed the course of his life.
Craig Higginson, the writer of Dream of the Dog and The Girl in the Yellow Dress, returns with a new state of the nation play for our troubled, troubling times.
How do we represent ourselves through narrative? How do we represent each other?
Is it true, as Oscar Wilde claimed, that all criticism is a form of autobiography?
This gripping, witty, sexy, heady drama draws on echoes from the lives of Doris Lessing and Nadine Gordimer. It takes a look at relationships and soon evolves into timely meditation on some of the central dilemmas of our time.
Directed by former Artistic Director of the Market Theatre, Malcolm Purkey, this production features a dynamic cast including the legendary Fiona Ramsay as Bronwyn and the newest, brightest stars in our theatre scene Nat Ramabulana (Edward) and Janna Ramos-Violante (Emily).
The play transfers to the SA State Theatre later in the year.
QUOTES from the National Arts Festival:
“it’s subtle, finely crafted, not for the mentally lazy and in its own way, it’s rigorous without wearing its considerable heart on its dramatic sleeve” NV CUE
“glorious set by Denis Hutchinson” DdB - STAR
“perfect casting by director Malcolm Purkey…Higginson is at his best” NV CUE
“what an incredible play, we were blown away….by far the best theatre I saw at the festival (Dr Jean-Patrick Leger)
Bookings can be made by calling the theatre’s box-office on tel. 011 883-8606, via Strictly Tickets on tel. 082 553 5901 or on-line: www.strictlytickets.com Enquire about group discounts for schools, book clubs, special interest groups, dinner/ show packages and Tuesday specials. For media enquiries and interviews call 011 883-8606
LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS
The theatre is delighted to present and to produce , for the 8th year, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts. Concerts take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day.
The theatre would like to thank Hartham Properties and BASA for the supporting grant.
Ticket Price: R40. The price includes coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng
We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice.
Operatic Concert with SANDILE MABASO
Works by Schumann, Beethoven and Lieder.
Special Violin Concert by the DUO MOZARTIANO from Austria
DANIEL AUNER and BARBARA GALANTE
Duo programme with ZANTA HOFMEYR (violin) and MACIEJ LACNY (cello)
works by Beethoven, Gliere, Ravel and Handel Halvorsen
A Cello and Piano Duo with POLINA BURDAKOVA and KERRYN WIESNEWSKI
Violin Recital with MIRO CHAKARYAN
An afternoon at the opera with ZANDILE MZAZI back from her European tour
Russian pianist VITALY PISARENKO
Winner of the Liszt Piano Competition
ZANTA HOFMEYR and MALCOLM NAY
Piano for Four Hands - SONJA VAN ZYL and JEAN-PIERRE CALITZ
Works by Chaminade, Mozart, Mozkowski and Brahms
Mezzo Soprano AUKSE TRINKUNAS
performs songs by Mousorgsky, Da Falla and Granados
Accompanied by PAUL FERREIRA
The Auto & General Theatre on the Square, BASA AWARD WINNER 2014, has garnered many awards and nominations for theatre excellence. The theatre is a popular and unique venue. In its upmarket Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City premises, it is certainly living up to its fine reputation.
Theatre producer, owner and artistic director, Daphne Kuhn, holds an MA Degree in Drama, and her special skills range from acting to directing, PR to producing.
The varied and acclaimed productions in this 200-seater adds a vibrant dimension to the entertainment industry and to the cultural enrichment of all. Over 1600 productions - including plays, musicals, lunch hour concerts and youth theatre have been presented in the last 20 years, in addition to numerous corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.
Message from Owner/Producer Daphne Kuhn:
"My grateful appreciation to all the theatre patrons for their most wonderful support over the past 20 years. Enjoy another season of great theatre.
We look forward to seeing you soon!"
Corporate sponsorship of R8000 per annum in support of the theatre, will be acknowledged by means of an inscription in the theatre foyer and in all theatre programmes.
20 complimentary tickets per month will be made a available to your company. For details and special benefits to staff members and clients, call Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.READ MORE
Tel: Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.
Tuesdays to Fridays, at 8:15pm
Saturdays at 6pm and 8:30pm
Please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606