6 August 2010 WOS Rating: Reader Reviews: View and add to our user reviews It’s hardly begun, but already the fringe has thrown up the most brilliant new actress in Marianne Oldham, playing Celia, a flaky English teacher in Paris who has been stalked by a Congolese refugee.
Promising new South African actor
Nat Ramabulana is a more than fitting foil as the deceptive Pierre in the game of witty linguistic foreplay to a cataclysmic relationship.
Craig Higginson is dramaturg at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, and he’s developed this spell-binding two-hander with Live Theatre in Newcastle and the Glasgow Citizens; it’s also a pedantic, semantic delight in its battery of past participles and future conditionals.
Played out in five short acts on a white minimalist book-lined set, you could complain that the dance of mutual seduction is a little pat, even predictable, in its revelations.
But you’d be hard pressed to find a sexier scene this festival than the shared naked foot stroking that turns nasty, then violent. Oldham? She’s flame-haired, beautiful and sexy, with a killer comic personality and sudden depths of vulnerability: a new Maggie Smith, and there’s no praise higher.
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