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FREUD’S LAST SESSION .

22nd August – 16th Sept.

“Exciting and thought-provoking… riveting theater.” - The Huffington Post


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Daphne Kuhn presents
Marc St Germain’s international hit
FREUD’S LAST SESSION
a collision of minds in an imagined meeting of C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud

starring
GRAHAM HOPKINS and ANTONY COLEMAN
Directed by ALAN SWERDLOW
Design by DENIS HUTCHINSON

22nd August – 16th September

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton is proud to present its next production FREUD’S LAST SESSION from the 22nd August till the 16th September. This award-winning international play by MARC ST. GERMAIN presents a compelling debate on the existence of God. It is filled with humanity, humour, and razor-sharp dialogue.  The new production will star two leading stalwarts of South African theatre, GRAHAM HOPKINS and ANTONY COLEMAN and will be directed by the acclaimed award-winning ALAN SWERDLOW, with set and lighting design by DENIS HUTCHINSON 

As Freud and Lewis argue about whether belief in God is merely a childish fantasy (in Freud’s view), or a crucial element of a meaningful life, (in Lewis’s), the BBC keeps interrupting with the latest news bulletins. The news could be better. Marc St. Germain has cleverly set his play on Sept. 3rd, 1939 - with war with Germany imminent and terrifying to both the dying, 83-year-old Jewish refugee from Vienna and the 40-year-old World War I veteran, visiting from Oxford.

They may be meeting to try to resolve the conflict between science and religion, but their conversation veers to their parents, the power of music, the meaning of Hitler and the entertainment value of flatulence! They both make jokes about the couch in the room. Lewis teases Freud for being obsessed with sex; Freud mocks Lewis’s deference to authority.

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This is a cerebral play filled with wit and warmth which runs for 4 weeks opening on the 22nd August. Bookings are now open at Computicket (call 0861 915 800 or online www.computicket.com) or can be made by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606. There are group discounts for schools, corporates and special interest groups - and dinner show packages can be made by arrangement with some of the upmarket restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square.

 

          “Exciting and thought-provoking…… riveting theater” - The Huffington Post

COMING SOON


THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA .

19th September – 7th October

Created and Directed by Jenine Collocott


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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Created and Directed by Jenine Collocott

Starring James Cairns  and Tarryn Bennet

The Old Man and the Sea is a short novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Bimini, Bahamas, and published in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Florida.

In 1953, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to their awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954.

COMING SOON


The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe .

9th October – 28th October

Directed by Steven Feinstein


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SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE ON THE UNIVERSE

Starring Michelle Douglas

Directed by Steven Feinstein

Michelle Joffe plays multiple roles in Jane Wagner's one-woman play, a comedic look at and critique of contemporary American society.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe takes up themes of the interconnectedness of people and of people’s methods for finding meaning in lives that sometimes seem absurd. Since the panoply of characters whose thoughts Trudy transmits exemplifies a range of race, class, and even gender, the play suggests that a common search for meaning links humanity at its core.

The play’s allusions to the performance of the play itself allow Jane Wagner to suggest that the ritual of attending and performing theatre creates a site for such linkages to occur. The play’s theatricality, and the fact that all of its characters are performed by the same actor, stresses universal human connections.

COMING SOON


THE HOUSE OF TRUTH .

31st October – 18th November

A play about Can Themba


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THE HOUSE OF TRUTH

by Siphiwo Mahala
Starring Sello Maake Ncube
Directed by Vanessa Cook

The House of Truth is a play by Siphiwo Mahala.  It premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2016 where it received rave reviews and opens at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square on the 31st October.

The play is about Daniel Canodoce “Can” Themba (21 June 1924 – 1968), a writer most famous for being the assistant editor of the Drum Magazine in the fifties and for writing The Suit, originally as a short story.   The play gives a considerable amount of detail about him, which is not surprising, because the playwright is currently pursuing doctoral studies on the life and works of Can Themba.  Virtually the only thing we don’t see is his early death in Swaziland, presumably from alcohol related health breakdown.

Directed by Vanessa Cook, The House of Truth stars Sello Maake kaNcube as Can Themba. 

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

Address:

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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