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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


(James Cairns as Tom, the Staffordshire Terrier)

Coming to the Hexagon Theatre tomorrow (Thursday, February 13) and the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse (Friday, February 14) is Dirt, written by Nick Warren and performed by James Cairns.

Dirt is a hilarious play about ‘okes.’ Having gone their separate ways for almost a year, the poker club is back together to bury their mutual friend. On a journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town, the trio trade insinuations, insults and injuries as they try to dig up the past and bury the present.

Grant is nervous about giving the eulogy for a man he admired greatly but could never live up to. Sam is still angry about the last time they saw each other and can’t see the point in having male friends anyway. Wayne is sad that their friend is dead but can’t help thinking that this is his best chance to finally get rid of the dog (also played by Cairns) with an embarrassing habit.

Driving high-speed through some painful, poignant and often hilarious territory, they arrive at the graveside with some serious injuries and some surprising insights about the nature of male friendship. “Yes, it’s unashamedly masculine,” admits playwright Nick Warren; but, according to Karen Rutter of the Cape Times, Dirt is “a master-class in solo stagecraft.”

Dirt can be seen at The Hexagon, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, on February 13 at 19h30. Tickets R60 (R50 students/seniors). Booking is at Computicket

The production moves to the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse for a performance on February 14 at 19h30. Tickets R80 booked through Angela Jonsson on 033 234 1314 (between 08h00 and 13h00) or email