Devised by the cast under the direction of Rob Murray, QUACK! features masks by Unima SA's CEO and 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for theatre, Janni Younge, who has also been nominated for a Fleur du Cap award for her masks in QUACK!. Sound design is by 2008 ABSA L'atelier winner James Webb and Brydon Bolton, set design and props by Jesse Kramer, and costume design by Leila Anderson.
A man lies dying in hospital, lost in fever and beset with visions. In his delirium, he escapes into a parallel universe, refashioning himself as a powerful healer. Part quack doctor, part motivational speaker, part politician, and part alchemist, he travels the land aided by his long-suffering assistant, and the mysterious presence of a number of acolytes. With them, he harvests the hopes and dreams of his expectant audiences. But in an environment of secrets and false prophets, influence is bound to go astray and how long can people be deceived and strung along before they turn against the liar?
"QUACK! is our very own Afro-Gothic thriller and our most visual and visceral production yet" says Murray. "We're asking the audience to experience theatre in a way they might not have before, and thus consider the whole transaction, and its creators, in a different light. "
The cast features: Liezl de Kock, Lysander Barends, Jayne Batzofin, Taryn Bennett, Marlon Snyders, Jori Snell, Tomri Steyn and Christopher Beukes.
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Comments on the rehearsal process for QUACK! from cast members and FTHK staff.
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“…pushing the boundaries of theatrical exploration. Quirky, and interesting, the detail in the design is incredible…It really is poetry in motion.”
||11 November 2009
“…extraordinary masks…a very evocative soundscape, sometimes almost unbearable in intensity…Do yourself a favour. Get to Quack and be surprised, moved, freaked out and entertained.”
||13 November 2009