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Saturday, March 22, 2014


(Sivani Chinappan)

Polart Productions presents A Cookie in the Kitchen, a poignant one-hander written and directed by Vivian Moodley, produced by Pranesh Maharaj. To be presented at Catalina Theatre, Wilson’s Wharf the play features Sivani Chinappan in her debut theatrical role.

A Cookie in the Kitchen is the third production for 2014 from busy Durban independent repertory theatre production company, Polart Productions, which has recently staged the super-successful Bhagwan gave me this Life and Late night with Mohammed Rafi.

After Cookie, two more productions are in the pipeline: Beggar with Tom Dennen and They Don’t Come By Here No More... a two hander with Sam Marais and Anesh Dusrath.

“There are dozens of productions (or movies or novels for that matter) which look at the male narrative, but not as many good contemporary productions which look at life from the particular world-view of a strong female central character,” says Vivian Moodley. “Sure we can look back to the timeless sentiments of Jane Austen, or accessible UK productions like Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita, but we are aware that in South Africa (as in many other places in the world) there are issues and dynamics of particular relevance to women. We wanted to tell their story and let their voice be heard.”

Sivani Chinappan is a BA Drama-English-Legal Studies graduate from UKZN, currently studying LLB (UKZN). She is a South Indian classical dancer who graduated in Bharatanathyam in 2003 under well-known South African exponent, Kumari Ambigay, and furthered her studies annually in Chennai India. She choreographed Ronnie Govender's Botoo, staged at the Playhouse Theatre. She teaches Speech and Drama for Helen O'Grady Drama Academy and performs as Pinky in Lotus Fm's Radio Drama, Sunshine Mall.

Vivian Moodley explains: “Cookie holds her breath and prods along with her chores in the kitchen; knowing and not knowing how the day would end. But she makes sense of it. She makes sense of who she is, what she is and where she finds herself. She reminisces about her previous life; the life when a girl had less to care about and was more cared for; the time before she became a wife. She remembers the bonds she shared with her immediate family; especially the women, who would give her a glimpse of what was to come....”

A Cookie in the Kitchen runs nightly from March 24 until 31 at 19h00 at Catalina Theatre, Wilson’s Wharf. Seating is reserved. Booking through Computicket; or phone 0861 915 8000 or book online at