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FREUD’S LAST SESSION .

6/5/2017 9:17:41 AM

“Exciting and thought-provoking… riveting theater.” - The Huffington Post


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Daphne Kuhn presents
Marc St Germain’s international hit
FREUD’S LAST SESSION
a collision of minds in an imagined meeting of C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud

starring
GRAHAM HOPKINS and ANTONY COLEMAN
Directed by ALAN SWERDLOW
Design by DENIS HUTCHINSON

22nd August – 16th September

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton is proud to present its next production FREUD’S LAST SESSION from the 22nd August till the 16th September. This award-winning international play by MARC ST. GERMAIN presents a compelling debate on the existence of God. It is filled with humanity, humour, and razor-sharp dialogue.  The new production will star two leading stalwarts of South African theatre, GRAHAM HOPKINS and ANTONY COLEMAN and will be directed by the acclaimed award-winning ALAN SWERDLOW, with set and lighting design by DENIS HUTCHINSON 

As Freud and Lewis argue about whether belief in God is merely a childish fantasy (in Freud’s view), or a crucial element of a meaningful life, (in Lewis’s), the BBC keeps interrupting with the latest news bulletins. The news could be better. Marc St. Germain has cleverly set his play on Sept. 3rd, 1939 - with war with Germany imminent and terrifying to both the dying, 83-year-old Jewish refugee from Vienna and the 40-year-old World War I veteran, visiting from Oxford.

They may be meeting to try to resolve the conflict between science and religion, but their conversation veers to their parents, the power of music, the meaning of Hitler and the entertainment value of flatulence! They both make jokes about the couch in the room. Lewis teases Freud for being obsessed with sex; Freud mocks Lewis’s deference to authority.

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This is a cerebral play filled with wit and warmth which runs for 4 weeks opening on the 22nd August. Bookings are now open at Computicket (call 0861 915 800 or online www.computicket.com) or can be made by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606. There are group discounts for schools, corporates and special interest groups - and dinner show packages can be made by arrangement with some of the upmarket restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square.

 

          “Exciting and thought-provoking…… riveting theater” - The Huffington Post

COMING SOON

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

19th September – 7th October

Created and Directed by Jenine Collocott

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The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

9th October – 28th October

Directed by Steven Feinstein

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THE HOUSE OF TRUTH

31st October – 18th November

A play about Can Themba

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ABOUT US


CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF FINE THEATRE at the AUTO & GENERAL THEATRE ON THE SQUARE!

AUTO & GENERAL EXTENDS ITS SPONSORSHIP/NAMING RIGHTS FOR SANDTON’S THEATRE ON THE SQUARE FOR ANOTHER YEAR!

Daphne Kuhn, who established the Theatre on the Square in Rosebank in 1994, and then in Sandton in 1997, is very excited and proud to announce that its sponsorship by insurance giant, Auto & General Insurance, has been extended for another year.  This was announced during the 20th birthday celebrations of the theatre last week.
 
“This association and investment in the theatre will be an injection of much needed funding for development - and fuel for creativity! The theatre has provided the infrastructure, work opportunities and exposure for scores of actors, writers, directors, designers, comedians, musician and technicians. It has produced or presented over 1800 new productions and concerts in the last two decades, as well as children’s theatre, workshops, corporate events, regular jazz and weekly lunch hour classical concerts. The theatre has been acknowledged with awards bearing witness to its huge contribution to the cultural life of South African”, says Kuhn.
 
According to Tom Creamer, CEO of Auto & General Insurance, “We are thrilled to support the Theatre on the Square.  We hope that our sponsorship will assist in nurturing, developing and exposing the wealth of proudly South African talent and product.”
 
The Auto & General Theatre on the Square has not only been blessed with a supportive sponsor, but with a theatre angel too - Carolyn Steyn, the founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day. With her impeccable style and theatre background, Carolyn also initiated and managed the refurbishment of the theatre and is the official Patron of the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.
 
 “In 2017/8 we have a, a dynamic line-up of new, local and international plays, including comedies, classical music, jazz and youth projects with our wealth of incredible South African talent to uplift the cultural life of all. We shall now be able to continue to stage plays, inimitable satire, consummate performances, finest music and be an important theatrical voice that reflects on our lives and attitudes in South Africa,” concludes Kuhn.

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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 1300 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!"

 

LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS

The theatre is delighted to present and  to produce , for the 10th 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.

Hartham Properties has come on board together with a Supporting Grant  from BASA for assisting with marketing.

Ticket Price: R50.  The price includes concert, programme, coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng
We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice.

 

25th August
In concert with well known musician FRANZ GELDENHUYS on piano and vocals

 

1st September
A classical treat with KHANYISILE MTHETWA  LACNY on the flute and PETER CARTWRIGHT on the piano
Works by Prokofiev, Godard and Borne

 

8th September
Flute and string quartet with MALANE HOFMEYR-BURGER (flute), MIRO CHAKARYAN (violin), SUSAN MOUTON (cello) and KATE MOORE (viola)
Works by Rossini, Mozart, Reger and Stephenson

 

15th September 
THE AGATHE SEXTET
String quartet  consisting of two Violins, two Violas and two Cellos with VIARA MARKOVA, DOROTA SWART, VLADIMIR IVANOV, TESSA OLIVIER, TONI IVANOVA and MAREN DU PLESSIS respectively.

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Corporate sponsorship of R12000 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.

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CONTACT


Tel: 0118838606 (Theatre Box Office) or 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) E-Mail: theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

Address:

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.

PERFORMANCES

Tuesdays to Saturday, at 8:15pm

Saturdays at 6pm and 8:15pm

Show times may differ slightly - please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606

The ramped backstage entrance opens 15minutes before the show. 

Please ensure you are at the theatre 15 minutes before the show. 

Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre

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