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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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What the audiences have said about FREUD’S LAST SESSION

“unforgettable… easily amongst the strongest piece of straight theatre in English that this city has seen in a while” - Robyn Sassen

“intellectually stirring performance could have inspired Francis Bacon… superb performances, excellent direction and inspired set”  - Karoly Pinter

“a must-see for every discerning theatre goer” - Thorsten Wedekind

“stunning performances and magnificent design” - Gregg and John Pettigrew

“moving , intellectually stirring and masterful production” - Des Lindberg

“A definitive play… Brilliantly produced and directed... A must-see” - Denise Goldin

“..a truly thought-provoking piece of theatre, exquisitely performed and directed” - Anne-Marie Clulow-Visser

“absolutely outstanding” - Carl Ballot

“outstanding…scintillating 80 minutes of theatre” - Debra Deats

“Superbly crafted and beautifully performed” - Rowan Bakker

“..intriguing play.. mesmerizing….two great actors slip into their respective personas with ease” - Diane de Beer, Debeernecessities

“If you want to see a solid, beautifully performed and thought-provoking drama, this is it!” - Chris Avant Smith, B Sharp Entertainment

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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.

Click here to read a lovely post by debeernecessities.com

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.

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FREUD’S LAST SESSION FOR ROBERT FRIDJHON FUNDRAISER 
THURSDAY 7th SEPTEMBER at 20h15

A special benefit performance of “FREUD’S LAST SESSION” will be held on Thursday 7th September at the Auto & General Theatre in Sandton. All proceeds will be donated towards ROBERT FRIDJHON’s recovery. Four weeks ago, this popular actor suffered a stroke which has seriously affected his left hand arm and leg. Unfortunately he has no medical aid and the cost of rehabilitation, which he is going to need for months to come, is considerable. By booking tickets to see the wonderful and acclaimed play, friends of the theatre will be making a really meaningful gesture to assist him. 

Running currently running till the 16th September, FREUDS LAST SESSION is an award-winning international play by Marc St. Germain. It stars Graham Hopkins and Antony Coleman, is directed by Alan Swerdlow, designed by Denis Hutchinson and produced by Daphne Kuhn – all theatre colleagues of Robert Fridjhon. “Over a number of years, Robert has brought love and laughter into the theatre through his writing and acting” says his father, Anthony Fridjhon.

The play presents an imaginary meeting of minds between Sigmund Freud and CS Lewis in a compelling debate on the existence of God, religion, science, sex, psychoanalysis and literature. The production is filled with humanity, humour, and razor-sharp dialogue.  

Tickets for the benefit performance are R200 each and bookings can be made by calling the theatre on
011 883-8606/ 083 377 4969 or Computicket.

 

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, Tarryn Bennet and Jaques De Silva

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


COUPLET

9th October – 28th October

a new cutting edge piece written in rhyming couplets.


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COUPLET
Starring MICHELLE DOUGLAS and JULIE-ANNE MCDOWELL
Written by MICHELLE DOUGLAS
Conceptualised, edited and directed by STEVEN FEINSTEIN

COUPLET is a new cutting edge piece written in rhyming couplets.

It is a two-hander that draws inspiration from the styles and genres of magical realism, vaudeville and fantasy with a postmodern pastiche of styles and story-telling.

An innovative production with original music, costume, set, puppetry and mask designs makes this a visual and sensory delight for all audiences. COUPLET addresses issues which are relevant and topical in an entertaining, inspiring, visually exciting style performed by MICHELLE DOUGLAS and JULIE-ANNE MCDOWELL. Penned by Michelle Douglas, conceptualised, edited and directed by STEVEN FEINSTEIN, this collection of cautionary tales (or dark tales for tall children) will have audiences mesmerized in amusement, reflecting and relating for a long time to come!

Show times Tues-Fri at 8.15 and 2 shows on Sat at 6pm and 8.15.

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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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#RESPECT

28th November – 14th December

Let the boys wow you this festive season singing songs you know and love.


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Owen Lonzar and Daphne Kuhn present
the perfect end of year party show
#RESPECT

28th November – 14th December

Starring DONOVAN YAARDS, ITU TSHABANE and SEAN MCGRATH

The boys of Black Yoghurt serenade the sisters this festive season, singing some of the biggest female hits in their new show #RESPECT.

Including songs made famous by Whitney Houston, Adela, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Beyonce, Julie Andrews, Janet Jackson and Barbara Streisand. 

Let your hair down as we turn up with some of the sassiest songs made famous by the worlds most loved diva’s. Well known choreographer, director and producer, Owen Lonzar directs the hunky trio in this new show made especially for a limited run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. The boys are no strangers to our stage. They recently performed in a sold out concert with singer Oshy Tucendhaft and will be touring Australia with him before they open at the theatre with #RESPECT. They are also a well-known corporate act and have performed all over South Africa.

Let the boys wow you this festive season singing songs you know and love.

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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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