Award-winning playwright and director Louis Viljoen’s critically acclaimed play, The Hucksters, opened in 2019 to rave reviews, audience praise and sold out performances and now transfers to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio for a limited season from 22 January to 1 February 2020.
Viljoen, known for his potent and bitingly sharp works such The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura and The Demon Bride, directs the award-winning duo Emily Child (The Pervert Laura, The Road to Mecca, Contractions) and Nicholas Pauling (A Steady Rain, Blue/Orange and The Father).
Dynamic psychological mystery
This dynamic psychological mystery is an acid-tongued exploration of a casual sexual encounter gone awry and takes a harrowing descent into a world of lies and revenge. A man and a woman meet after not seeing each other for years and what starts off as a romantic, booze-fuelled evening, slowly begins to unravel into a psychological mystery as an incident from their shared history rears its head. The mistakes of the past become the horrors of the present as these two broken people dig into their previous lives and the lies that lead them to each other.
Viljoen has won Fleur du Cap Theatre awards for Champ in 2013 and The Kingmakers in 2015, both for Best New South African Script, and he was the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.
The striking and captivating set and lighting design is by Niall Griffin (Tuesdays With Morrie, The Last Five Years, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hedwig and The Angry Inch) and is set to leave the audience’s mind reeling in the most disturbing yet captivating manner.
What: The Hucksters
Where and when: Baxter Theatre from 22 January to 1 February 2020