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OR NOT TO BE… HOW SHAKESPEARE COULD CHANGE YOUR DEATH!

12/2/2019 9:49:48 AM

What if Shakespeare knew something about death that we don't?


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Daphne Kuhn presents 

…OR NOT TO BE
HOW SHAKESPEARE COULD CHANGE YOUR DEATH

A Performance by SIMON FORTIN

18th – 29th February

In his 35 year-long acting career Simon Fortin has died on stage hundreds of times. What feelings, stories, memories from his own life can an actor draw on to “die convincingly”? We learn to write and read, we learn to ride bicycles and play the piano, yet there is so to speak, no school to learn how to die. Or is there?

Fortin believes the theatre offers us a unique chance at death education. With his stage performance ...OR NOT TO BE, HOW SHAKESPEARE COULD CHANGE YOUR DEATH, New-York-based actor, playwright, and scholar, Fortin, animates Shakespeare’s death speeches and distills from them an art of dying befitting our times.  

During Shakespeare’s time, the Renaissance saw the emergence of devotional, religious manuals on how to die - known as the Ars Moriendi or Craft of Dying tradition, all of them, arid and dogmatic attempts at uniformizing a “good death.” Shakespeare ignored their prescriptions; instead, he chose to dramatize the adventure of dying by creating individuals who disobey, who settle accounts, who blame and mock, who laugh, and who die uniquely, in character, as no one else could.

Fortin attempts to emulate Shakespeare’s approach: never preaching nor prescribing, he brings to life some of the extraordinary death scenes Shakespeare wrote for his characters and by doing so allows us to witness the various shades of the dying experience: the pain, the pathos, the terror and the humour that attend the task of dying.

Shakespeare tells us that dying is always an action, an event, a task to accomplish. Fortin anatomizes this task by weaving stories from his own life with the dying voices of Lear, King John, Othello, Mercutio, Cleopatra, Richard II and others.

This evening of levity and profundity is an entertaining exploration of mortality. In his compelling, thought-provoking and often funny performance, Fortin blends scholarship, personal stories, films, songs, and death speeches, with the intuition that, regarding our ambivalent feelings about our finite existence, poetry may very well be the way to go; literally.

Bookings can be made through Computicket (tel. 0861 915 8000) or by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606 for school group enquiries and block bookings. Q&A‘s after the show to be arranged.

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ABOUT US


The Auto & General Theatre on the Square, BASA AWARD WINNER 2014, has garnered many awards and nominations for theatre excellence. The theatre is a popular and unique venue. In its upmarket Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City premises, it is certainly living up to its fine reputation.

Theatre producer, owner and artistic director, Daphne Kuhn, holds an MA Degree in Drama, and her special skills range from acting to directing, PR to producing.

The varied and acclaimed productions in this 200-seater adds a vibrant dimension to the entertainment industry and to the cultural enrichment of all. Over 1300 productions - including plays, musicals, lunch hour concerts and youth theatre have been presented in the last 22 years, in addition to numerous corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.

Message from Owner/Producer Daphne Kuhn:
"My grateful appreciation to all the theatre patrons for their most wonderful support over the past 22 years. Enjoy another season of great theatre. We look forward to seeing you soon!"

 

LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS

The theatre is delighted to present and  to produce , for the 12th year, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts. Concerts take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day. The revenue from ticket sales goes to the artists -  so please invite new friends to these weekly music concerts to ensure continuity. 

We would like to thank BASA for the Support Grant to enable the theatre to market these special concerts.

Ticket Price: R50.  The price includes concert, programme, coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng

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21th February
Violinist RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK (from UK) with PETER CARTWRIGHT (piano)

28th February
A TANGO FOR OUR TIME
featuring REXLEIGH BUNYARD (piano) and FRANCOIS LE ROUX (cello)

6th March
MATTHEW LOMBARD (sax), ANNALIEN BALL (piano) and GERBEN GROOTEN (orchestral percussion - vibraphone, marimba)
Works by Niel van der Watt, Andy Scott, Barbara Thompson and Bill Whelan.

13th March
Violinist DAVID TOMBAK with ANNEKE BURKE (piano)
Works by Vivaldi, Brahms and Scriabin

20th March
Violinist from Oslo CARLI D'ALEBOUT with CARIN VAN GRAAN on piano

 

We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice. 

 

 

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Corporate sponsorship of R12000 per annum in support of the theatre, will be acknowledged by means of an inscription in the theatre foyer and in all theatre programmes.

20 complimentary tickets per month will be made a available to your company. For details and special benefits to staff members and clients, call Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.

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CONTACT


Tel: 0118838606 (Theatre Box Office) or 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) E-Mail: theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

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Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.

PERFORMANCES

Tuesdays to Saturday, at 8:15pm

Saturdays at 6pm and 8:15pm

Show times may differ slightly - please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606

The ramped backstage entrance opens 15minutes before the show. 

Please ensure you are at the theatre 15 minutes before the show. 

Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre

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