The Road to Mecca
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To: Saturday, 10 July 2010
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Helen has spent fifteen years transforming her house into a haven of light and colour against the desolate South African plains. But, following an accident, a darkness is setting in. The deeply religious community, who have always been offended by Helenís sculptures, refuse to help her in her time of need. When the local minister urges she move from her home to be cared for, an idealistic young friend is suspicious of his motives and fights for Helenís right to remain in her personal Mecca. Over one night, Helen is forced to make a decision that will determine the rest of her life.
23 June 2010
To use some rather clichéd footballing parlance, Athol Fugard’s play The Road to Mecca is a game of two halves. The first is a pedestrian affair, in which Miss Helen (Linda Bassett) and Elsa Barlow (Sian Clifford) are introduced as two very different characters, bizarrely dependent on one another. Elsa has driven 800 miles from Cape Town, Miss Helen is the ‘Karoo nutcase’ - there is friendship, but also spikiness.
Conducting this rather understated duel on a sparse yet functional set, Miss Helen and Elsa begin a subtle narrative that will come hurtling to the fore in the second half. There is talk of Miss Helen’s recent letter in which she threatens “to do away with herself”, there is talk too of Marius Byleveld (James Laurenson) and his wish to get Miss Helen’s signature, that will see her moved into The Sunshine Home for the Aged. Talk of lights, candles, darkness and of course ...
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fred - 25 June 2010:
Linda Bassett is a remakable actress: unfussy, utterly truthful and with the ability to convey a lifetime of suffering in a single simple gesture. Her 'Miss Helen' in this production is one of the most moving performances I have seen in many years. James Laurenson are Sian Clifford are also outstanding. Sadly, the night I saw this, there were a handful of people in the theatre. ...