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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


(Rajesh Gopie)

Award-winning Durban-born actor, playwright and producer Rajesh Gopie has recently returned from London where he did his MA in performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, on an Oppenheimer Scholarship. He will present a performance of his historical play, Out of Bounds, as part of St Anne’s College’s annual Form 4 Drama Residency Programme.

This production has played to critical acclaim in New York, London, Cardiff, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Madrid, Frankfurt, Dublin and London, to name just a few of the toured cities.

Nadine Gordimer described Rajesh Gopie as “the most multi-talented young artist whose work I have come across in more than a decade of deep interest in the theatre. He is an actor of amazing range from power to pathos, from satire to tender compassion, from comedy to dramatic tension.”

Out of Bounds is directed by New Yorker, Tina Johnson, and transcends the myopia of race and culture. It has been hailed as a South African classic in the same vein as Woza Albert! and The Island. Gopie runs a gamut of emotions to bring to life some 28 characters as he entertains with dazzling craft and skill.

Gopie is a graduate of UKZN with majors in Drama and History. He has toured India, Europe and South Africa with his productions. He was the male lead in The Chimp Project by the world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company. Some of his other acting credits include the title role of Hamlet, directed by Janet Suzman, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Clare Stopford. He has appeared in numerous South African television shows: Generations, Scandal, Zero Tolerance, Stellenbosch and The Mating Game. His film credits include Hansie, White Light, Shake Hands with the Devil and Eastern Bride.

Out of Bounds will be performed in The Theatre-St Anne’s College in Hilton on February 5 at 19h30. Tickets  R70 (R50 concessions) booked on 033 343 6100.