Mary Laws was inspired to write Blueberry Toast after reading “Tales from Ovid” by Ted Hughes.
“Growing up, I was very disappointed in all the insincerity around me,” she explains.
“It was heartbreaking to discover that behind closed doors, my neighbours and friends were silently struggling with abuse, drug use and alcoholism. When I read how Ovid transformed humans into animals and stars, I wanted to write a play in which people really do behave like animals.”
And she did. Blueberry Toast, which is currently running at the superb, brand-new `Theatre at The Foundry` by Inner City Ideas Cartel in Green Point, asks you to take a closer look at the myth of the ‘happy family’.
Drawing on the idea of the nuclear, traditional family so prevalent in the 1950s, the play generates a surreal, tense look at the darker side of ‘happily ever after’.
On the surface, Walt (Gavin Werner) and Barb (Marlisa Doubell) may seem like your typical all-American suburban couple with two precocious children, Daniel Wolson as Jack and Nikita Latimer as Jill, but the demands of upholding the all-American-dream family start taking their toll, culminating in dark modern-day revenge comedy.
Blueberry Toast is brought to you by the Sugar-daddy Theatre company, which aims to create innovative, inspiring theatre that appeals to a wide audience in and around Cape Town.
Keen? Here are the details:
Dates: December 13, 14, and 15
Time: Thursday and Friday at 8:15PM, and Saturday at 4:15PM and 8:15PM
Venue: Theatre at The Foundry, The Foundry, Cardiff St, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Tickets: On sale on Computicket
Cast: Marlisa Doubell, Gavin Werner, Nikita Latimer, Daniel Wolson
Director: Sue Diepeveen
This is an adult comedy containing sex and violence so no under 16s will be permitted in the Theatre.
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