Lara Foot, the National Arts
Festival 2016 Featured Artist and 1996 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre,
has assembled a stellar cast and creative team for the much anticipated world
premiere of her latest play, The
Inconvenience of Wings.
Following its debut at the
festival, the production - starring Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and
Mncedisi Shabangu - transfers to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 12 July to
13 August at 7.30pm nightly with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.
Set in a landscape of memory and
dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and
angels. Sara (Steyn) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she is
compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Paul
(Buckland), her husband, is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and
Professor James (Shabangu) quietly tries to save Paul from the inconvenience of
This powerful and poignant new drama was
inspired by author Abraham J Twerski`s book Addictive Thinking that
examines the notion of compulsion, addiction, denial and abuse of self as well
as conversations on bipolar disorder that she had with celebrated psychiatrist
Dr Sean Baumann. It was further stirred by her father who has suffered from
dementia for more than a decade.
This production also celebrates Foot’s
illustrious history of collaborating with Buckland (Betrayal, The Well Being and
Scrooge) and Shabangu (Tshepang
and Fishers of Hope). It marks her first journey with Jennifer
Steyn, who was the 2014 Fleur du Cap award winner for The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore and who was recently seen
at the Baxter in A Doll’s House. Most
recently Andrew Buckland was seen in Tobacco,
And the Harmful Effects Thereof and Mncedisi Shabangu in Sizwe Banzi is Dead.
Lara once again teams up with the
award-winning set designer Patrick Curtis and lighting designer Mannie Manim,
with whom she shared success for Solomon
and Marion. Other collaborations with Curtis include Remembering the Lux, Fishers of Hope, Betrayal, Karoo Moose and Scrooge.
About Lara Foot
Lara is the CEO and artistic
director of the Baxter Theatre Centre and a former Rolex protégé to
Sir Peter Hall in the
Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She has become known and respected
own hard-hitting plays, which sensitively and creatively, tackle social issues
in South Africa and for which she has won several awards. Earlier this
year Lara’s production of Fishers of Hope
(which premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2014) scooped four Naledi
Theatre Awards in Johannesburg, including the coveted Best Production of a Play
As the 2016 Featured Artist at
the 43rd National Arts Festival she leads the charge on the Main programme which
is made up of 80% of work written, directed, curated or headlined by women.
“In a year when the National Arts
Festival sharpens the spotlight on women writers, directors, choreographers and
artists Lara Foot’s contribution to South African theatre both in South Africa
and abroad, positions her as a leader in the field,” says NAF artistic
director, Ismail Mahomed.
“She is one of South Africa’s
most prolific theatre-makers. Her prowess as a formidable arts manager under a
challenging funding climate is most admirable. Under her wing the Baxter
Theatre Centre continues to be one of South Africa’s leading theatres. Her
commitment and passion for strategically devised development initiatives has
also created opportunities for many emerging artists to be catapulted into the
mainstream. Presenting her as the 2016 Featured Artist honours both her
achievements and her contribution to the sector over the past 20 years.”
Lighting design is by Mannie
Manim, set design by Patrick Curtis, composition and sound design is by Philip
Miller, choreography by Grant van Ster and costume design by Birrie le Roux.
Performance dates and times
Inconvenience of Wings previews at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 12 to 13 July,
opens 14 July and runs until 13 August at 7.30pm nightly with Saturday matinees
at 2.30pm. There is an age restriction of 16 (Nudity and Language).
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