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Sunday, May 11, 2014


(Kagisho Tsimakwane, Sipho Zakwe, Gabriel Miya & Lungani Mabaso. Pic by Val Adamson)

DUT presents the stage adaptation of Sir Anthony Burgess’ iconic novella, A Clockwork Orange, a cautionary tale and dark social satire about extreme youth violence, which comes to the newly-refurbished Courtyard Theatre from May 23.

Performed by student actors from the Department of Drama and Production Studies in the Durban University of Technology, A Clockwork Orange pokes fun at the kind of values that promote masculine behaviour as aggressive and unemotional, and offers social commentary on the youth’s struggle to find themselves in the layers of socialisation embedded with their behaviour.

The production weaves in hints of physical theatre and gritty imagery to reflect aspects of male rituals in which assertive and hostile behaviour is encouraged. The design, inspired by the street art of British artist Banksy and abandoned buildings and cities is reminiscent of the ruin and decay of the promise of youth. The music in the play, central to heightening the violence-fuelled misadventures of Alex, includes Beethoven’s ninth symphony.

Directed by junior lecturer Marcia Peschke, A Clockwork Orange will run from May 23 to 30 at 19h00 at the Courtyard Theatre, Department of Drama and Production Studies, Gate 7, DUT. Tickets R35 booked through departmental receptionist, Busisiwe Mqadi on 031 373 2194, or Theatre Manager Mthandazo Mofokeng on 031 373 2532. The show carries an age restriction of 16 due to mature themes. Cool drinks will be sold in the theatre foyer before doors open.

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