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The System (African Tree Productions)

By | Published on Monday 19 August 2013

‘The System’ here is not just an ominous phrase to denote shady, omnipotent authorities: it’s also the description of a life-cycle. Within the system we witness births, deaths, friendship, family, and relationships. We also witness a superbly imaginative, evocative depiction of sexual intercourse. Imagination is key in the staging of this play; the actors, and director Alex Motswiri, are wonderfully resourceful. It’s amazing to watch this South African company conjure up sets and props out of thin air, forming expressive structures with their bodies, and making fantastic use of their voices to create the sounds of everyday appliances. Its frenetic pace can get a little wearying, but see it for its originality and resourcefulness.

Just the Tonic @ The Caves, until 25 Aug (not 13), 10.30am.
tw rating 4/5 | [Arjun Sajip]