Top 5: Gopala Davies shares his must-see shows

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The National Arts Festival organisers recently asked actor and director Gopala Davies what he’s looking most forward to seeing at #NAF18. Here are his top five picks according to them:

  • put your heart under your feet…and walk/To Elu– Steven Cohen is a South African artist who has established an international following, his work is cutting edge and pushes boundaries. Theatre that serves to challenge always excites me!
  • The Borrow Pit– This production is by the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, Jemma Kahn. I am excited to engage with her work.
  • Jungfrau – I have worked with Jade Bowers, Ameera Patel and other members of the cast before and have loved their work. I am interested to see their adaptation.
  • Alphonse – Apart from the numerous four and five-star reviews this play has received, the write-up sums this one up nicely: “One man, 27 characters, and loads of popcorn!”
  • Hamlet – A lot of my work includes the integration of technology in performance to serve the narrative, because of this personal interest, I look forward to this production’s juxtaposition of “documentary and fiction into a contemporary version of Hamlet”.

The National Arts Festival reports, “Davies is the director of A city, one of four new plays on the “Staged” showcase. “Staged” aims to nurture new works and talent by creating a national platform to showcase works to local and international producers and presenters as well as expose audiences to new theatre-making. He will also be part of a “Film & Ideas” panel discussion titled Sympatico, which sees four theatre makers talk about the creative relationship between South Africa and Canada.”

A City will be performed on 3 and 4 July in the Rehearsal Room and the panel discussion of Sympatico can be watched on 1 July after the film at Olive Schreiner Hall.

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