Award-nominated playwright and actor Brent Palmer’s new and unsettling urban drama, King George, will be at the Baxter’s Masambe Theatre from 21 November 2 December 2023.
Shane Wyntock – the suave CEO of Synergy properties – is on the verge of a bold yet hugely disruptive development in Lower Woodstock. George Megalos – a controversial, sleazy and abrasive strip club owner has run his business, in the area, for the greater part of fifteen years.
One fateful evening George barges in on Shane’s plush office and slams an eviction notice he’s received down on the table. What follows is a tense stand-off, ceaseless battle of wills with devastating secrets revealed. Two alpha males caught in a ferocious stand-off. Two men, from vastly different backgrounds, willing to put everything on the line in their quest to protect what is theirs.
King George team
Palmer’s signature dark comedic writing style has kept audiences enthralled with Fleur Du Cap nominated highlights such as Bench (2012), The Visit (2017), and in 2019, The Room. Palmer is no stranger to independent theatre, having last been seen in his nominated performance of Scott Sparrow’s Dinner with the 42’s, directed by Greg Karvellas at the Masambe Theatre. He has performed in a number of plays at the Fugard Theatre and beyond, including Bench, The Father, A Steady Rain, and The Room.
Clyde Berning has performed in a number of mainstream and independent productions, including Laertes in Hamlet, Eros in Antony and Cleopatra, Slim in Cowboy Mouth, Mark Dolson in Mass Appeal, Dakin in The History Boys and more recently, Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl. He won a Naledi award for his role as Dakin in The History Boys (2012).
Adrian Collins, a stage and film actor, has switched his focus to directing, with a passion for creating Low-Fi independent theatre and film. His directorial credits include Apple Face, written by Pierre Malherbe, Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain, Richard Kaplan’s The Finklestein’s Are Coming To Dinner, The Room, also written by Brent Palmer and the short film Gcobisa, produced by Lika and Clyde Berning.
What: King George
Where and when: Baxter’s Masambe Theatre from 21 November 2 December 2023