April 20, 2012
Doodsnikke at the Baxter Theatre’s Flipside
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
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!