national Arts Festival Banner

Monday, September 26, 2016


(Mishka Gounden & Trent Moffet. Pic by Jessica-Lee Van Goeverden)

AFDA Durban presents The Space Between, a stage two-hander written by Janet van Eeden, directed by Clinton Marius and starring Trent Moffet and Mishka Gounden. Lit by Hanna Sieweke, the production has two performances at UKZN’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, on September 26 and 27.

In The Space Between, the Bechdel test will be applied to Shakespeare's best-known female characters, from Juliet, to Lady Macbeth, to Portia, to the tempestuous Kate. This test analyses whether a story features two women, whether these two women talk to each other, and whether they discuss something other than a man, if they speak. Will Shakespeare’s heroines pass this test if it were applied to them? If not, what are they going to do about it?

The play explores the space between the classically heroic, masculine plot-lines and aims to suggest other possible scenarios for the women in Shakespeare's work.

The comic play is scripted by award-winning writer and producer Janet van Eeden to create a post-modern exploration of Shakespeare's heroines and is directed by award-winning writer and director Clinton Marius. It is performed by AFDA Durban Live Performance Honours students Mishka Gounden and Trent Moffet who were both part of the film Halfway House which won a Simon Sabela Award in 2015. Moffet also won the AFDA Best Actor Award and Gounden was part of the play Iphigenia at Aulis which won the AFDA Best Stage Production Award at the 2015 AFDA Award ceremony.

Performances take place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on September 26 and 27 at 18h30.Tickets R40 (R20 scholars and pensioners) available at the door. The show's duration is approximately 35 minutes.