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Monday, July 4, 2016


(Reviews from the artSMart team currently in Grahamstown at the 2016 National Arts Festival)

Impeccable performances in a perfect combination of comedy and drama. (Review by Khinali Bagwandeen)

Hungry Minds Theatre has brought back the popular play written by Durban-born Rajesh Gopie in 1999. Out of Bounds has been making a strong impression on audiences for years and this rendition lives up to the name.

The play sees two young and talented artists, Tazme Pillay and Tailyn Ramsamy, switch between 27 different characters. The story takes the backdrop of Durban and is based on the struggles Indian South Africans faced during and post-apartheid. The focus is placed on the experience of an identity crisis that the main character Lal goes through, whilst dealing with the definition of a “proper Indian identity”.

Pillay and Ramsamy both gave impeccable performances and it was the perfect combination of comedy and drama. Out of Bounds is directed by Crizelle Anthony and is an enlightening performance especially for those who have never had the pleasure of watching the play before. Even those who have, will be delighted by the unique performance given by the dynamic duo.

Out of Bounds is a story that needs to be told but doesn’t get the chance to be shared and understood as often as it should.

The relevance of the play stood in 1999 and still stands strong today as the question of identity and cultural confirmation continues to arise. Out of Bounds successfully tackles these issues in a lighthearted and entertaining way.

There are three more shows – July 5, 6 and 8 - at Glennie Hall. – Khinali Bagwandeen

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