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April 20, 2012

Doodsnikke at the Baxter Theatre’s Flipside

Gys de Villiers and Anna-Mart van der Merwe are captivating in Doodsnikke at the Baxter Theatre. Photo courtesy Mark Wessels.

Doodsnikke, the Afrikaans adaptation of acclaimed actor and writer Sam Shepard’s 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child, is currently showing on the Flipside stage at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch.

This production, starring local theatre legends Gys de Villiers, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Oscar Petersen and Ivan Abrahams, and rising talents Albert Pretorius, Travis Snyders and Thenjiwe Stemela, will run until 5 May, 2012.

At the media preview on Saturday 14 April, 2012 - with a handful of local actors and entertainers in attendance - the very intriguing cast kept me captivated from start to finish.

As I watched this family drama unfold - with its twisted but good storyline and emotional turmoil against a superbly detailed set - it was interesting to see the care taken to keep the family unit together and not let the skeleton out of the closet. The intricacies of daily family life relating to respect, anger, sadness and often dry humour capture the essence that unlocks the story and, as you look deeper, you are able to see and appreciate the beauty of it.

This is one of those opportunities to experience local SA talent that should not be missed!

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