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Friday, February 8, 2013


Dr Pamela Tancsik directs Karl Valentin in Africa, a compilation of five knock-about absurdist comedy sketches from cult Bavarian writer, Karl Valentin to be performed at the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

Valentin wrote scripts, films, skits and cabaret in 1920’s Bavaria. His comic genius inspired and informed generations of writers / performers / physical theatre practitioners and comedians - including Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy … even, to an extent, the Mr Bean character.

Valentin’s work has been translated from the Bavarian by Tancsik and edited by Gisele Turner. Karl Valentin in Africa will present a charming and poignant insight into a timeless genre of absurdist theatre.

Karl Valentin in Africa (stage rights: Drei Masken Verlag Gmbh M√ľnchen) runs from February 23 to March 1 at 19h00 at the Courtyard Theatre. Tickets R35 at the door.