By Stal Gayheart & 3 Way Stop
This is a positive review. It’s in the title. So Undermined avoided the socio-political and historical kak of the mining industry. We’re not saying if that’s a good or a bad thing. Go see it and make up your own mind. But Stal’s mom says “politics se ma se poes”!
It’s physical theatre and it’s tight like a nun, or other tight thing of your choice. With a combo of Isicathulo, Pantsula and assorted other sexy dance moves, and a storytelling style that relies only on body and voice, the three technicolour rainbow representatives weave a tale of small-village-guy missioning for cash and a bridal gown for his fiancé. On his journey he encounters the bewildering metropolis of Egoli (expertly actor-ised), a chorus of sharp-tongued secretaries, a despotic mine boss and some comrades-in-the-making. The vocal work from all three, particularly the singing, was excellent. These guys can harmonize.
Direction was strong. Ms. Notcutt works across differing styles and genres. And she does it well.
We totes loved the motivated lighting in the form of head lamps, and Erasmus’s detailed mime work, idiosyncrasies and cheeky asides.
It gets 3 tsars and some Marmite.
Word on the ground: Venue: Princess Alice Hall Dates & Times: 10am daily Tickets: R70 Director : Tara Notcutt Written By : Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi & Luke Brown Featured Artists : Nhlanhla Mavundla, Luke Brown & Stefan Erasmus