Tinarie van Wyk Loots directs the award-winning Swerfgoed, which will be performed at the Baxter following its success at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) earlier this year.
Bauke Snyman’s Swerfgoed, performed in Afrikaans, will be at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio stage from 5 to 22 September 2018 at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3pm.
This comes a year after the play was selected (out of 15 finalists) for full development at the 2017 Teksmark (Text Market) at the Baxter and then premiered at the 2018 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival where it won three Kanna Awards for Best Debut Text (Snyman), Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Holm) and Best Supporting Actor (Richard September).
The acclaimed and award-winning actress Tinarie van Wyk Loots directs a dynamic cast (most who play multiple characters) led by Anna-Mart van der Merwe and Andrew Laubscher alongside Holm and September, and design is by Jemma Kahn.
Van Wyk Loots has been seen at the Baxter in productions such as Amadeus, Doubt and The Tempest. She also performed in Hemelruim, Faan se Trein, Kringe in ‘n Bos , Women Beware Women, Buried Child, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lovborg’s Women, Lot, Babbel, Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey and Die Kersieboord.
Dystopian view of heritage and sacrifice
“Swerfgoed’s time is now. It is a cautionary tale,” says Tinarie. “How water has become a tool, an excuse for violence and how it brings out the best and the worst in human beings. The play is also very entertaining.”
Swerfgoed takes a dystopian view of heritage and sacrifice, but comedy often lurks in tragedy’s shadow. Somewhere in the immediate future, water is the most expensive and precious resource. And people would kill to get it. On an isolated, godforsaken stretch of land, at the Motel Stillewater (Still Water) – an ancient treasure is locked away. The peculiar (and funny) bunch of inhabitants who live here will not allow anyone to intrude and still waters run deep. As it is becomes even scarcer and survival is threatened, people will do anything to get their hands on it, even commit murder.
Where and when: Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 5 to 22 September 2018 at 7.30pm, with matinees at 3pm on Saturdays 15 and 22 September 2018