Described as a ‘fast-paced story of everyday hero’, Undermined was rewarded with a standing ovation on opening night at the Kalk Bay Theatre.
Undermined is a new production presented by KBT Productions and Here Manje Productions, and directed by multiple award-winning Tara Notcutt. This performance piece is written by Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and Luke Brown, and adapted by Tara Notcutt in collaboration with the actors. The inspired, non-stop choreography is by Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, with additional choreography by Cleo Notcutt.
Undermined mashes up comic book and African storytelling, to tell the true tale of Madlebe, an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift, who came from Mozambique to find a job and take a better life home to his father and wife to be. However his unique talent of a finely tuned sense of hearing leads to some interesting developments along the way.
Told against the backdrop of urban Jozi and the deep of the mines, it is a story of hope, perseverance, and an unexpected hero. The cast features Luke Brown, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and Stefan Erasmus.
One has to agree with Kalk Bay Theatre owner, Simon Cooper when he says “It is a touching and inspiring story, told in a fresh, fun and fast-paced way, creating a delightful and unique theatre experience.”
The energy of the piece and the inventiveness of the production is quite overwhelming. The audience is immediately engaged and taken on a wonderous trip, filled with charming vignettes, warmth and humour. There is an extraordinary rythm to the work, which relies on an almost intuitive engagement by the three actors working in total harmony. This is a tight and fine tuned ensemble.
A more focused script would be something to concentrate on and will probably evolve as the work develops.
But you will certainly not be disappointed by the theatricality and audaciousness of Undermined. Go see!
WHERE: Kalk Bay Theatre, 52 Main Road, Kalk Bay 7975 Cape Town
WHEN: until 3 May
Following its run at Kalk Bay Theatre, Undermined will be performed at Princess Alice Hall as part of Cape Town Edge at the National Arts Festival.
TICKETS: cost R80 and R70 for Gallery seats. To book visit Kalk Bay Theatre
INFO: 073 220 5430073 220 5430
Guests can enjoy a delicious supper before the show. For information and to book a table for dinner, call 079 361 8275079 361 8275.
NEWS FLASH: there is a great ticket and supper special on Tuesday nights – guests can book for 2 tickets at R85 per person and enjoy a delicious bowl of soup and fresh bread before the show.