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Thursday, January 24, 2013


(Detail from the poster: Clinton Small and Darren King)

Start the year off with THINSKIN’s production of Callum’s Will opening on January 29 at Seabrooke’s Theatre. Written and directed by Janna Ramos-Violante it stars Darren King and Clinton Small.

The beautiful and intimate story of Callum’s Will takes the audience on an almost filmic experience as the unlikely relationship of the two male characters evolves from an awkward first encounter to a deep and lasting friendship which neither expects nor understands. Sometimes in life friendships choose us. People enter our lives for the wrong reasons but at exactly the right moment to save us from ourselves.

Set in London’s early 90’s, the two characters come from completely different backgrounds. Callum is a cultured man in his mid-40’s, an ex-ballet dancer whose career was cut short by a tragic accident which has left him a paraplegic and in a wheel chair. Disconnected from his “friends” and previous life, he is unable to cope and forced to seek assistance in the unlikely form of Will.

Will – a boy in his mid-20’s from the wrong side of the tracks - is the result of growing up in mass unemployment and a country of state benefits. Surrounded by friends who have accepted their lot in life, Will, however, is not bereft of hope and dreams, something his eccentric, late mother left as a seed which is about to germinate.

The story takes the audience on a journey of laughter and sometimes tears but essentially full of hope as it offers a quiet window into the tiny intricacies of human behaviour and interaction which we never really get the opportunity to observe.

Callum’s Will runs at Seabrooke’s Theatre at DHS from January 29 to February 10 at 19h30 (no shows on Mondays). Tickets R80 booked through 083 250 2690.