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Friday, July 8, 2016


(TQ Zondi & Mpilo Nzimande)

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

Perfect vehicle for Zondi and Nzimande to show off their versatility and commanding physical presence. (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)

The Hexagon Theatre presents Greig Coetzee’s Termite: Tales for Big People at the festival. Directed by Peter Mitchell and performed by the dynamic duo of TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande, showing at Masonic Back.The astonishing pair, who recently brought us Woza Albert and The Island take us back to our childhood through this Physical Theatre piece that uses fables to illustrate the political parameters of current South Africa. Mitchell accesses the physical form within these actors to great effect as he contextualises Coetzee’s script through the use of beer crates and props, including the actors, in myriad ways.

The actors are confident in their abilities and showcase, hilariously, several animals, accents, shapes and tales in order to teach a moral. The duo compliment each other well on stage and they comfortably entertain the audience with the parables of why the cow slows down cars or why dogs chase cars.The two break the fourth wall often, as is the style, and engage directly with the audience.  These asides brought about much merriment while at the same time, reflected our dire political situation.

With a glove on the head, the two quickly become cackling chickens (Portuguese, Nandos chicken) or a restructuring of the crates and we are in a taxi. The satirical script is the perfect vehicle for Zondi and Nzimande to show off their versatility and commanding physical presence. A thoroughly enjoyable piece of theatre. - Verne Rowin Munsamy 

There are two more performances: tomorrow (July 9) at 22h00 and July 10 at 10h00 at Masonic Back.

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