'Hegter' explores destructive dimension to relationships

Posted on September 28, 2010

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On its surface, Hegter is brisk, urbane, witty, obscene, modern, quotable, slick: beneath the skin, it is deeply felt, painful, sad and wise…In this close circle, it is about sexual jealousy and sexual desire; it addresses human isolation in a very alert way – even within intense relationships. Anyone who has loved and lost, anyone who has experienced infidelity or felt love die, will watch Hegter with stomach churning pangs of recognition.

Patrick Marber is a British playwright. His second play, Closer (translated as Hegter), premiered at the Royal National Theatre in 1997. It won several theatre awards including the Evening Standard Award for best comedy. In 1999 Closer opened on Broadway where it won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best foreign play.

Director André Stolz completed his drama studies at Pretoria University in 1981 and in the same year had his TV debut in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Since then he worked as a professional actor, director, producer and translator. As director and translator he tackled classical playwrights the likes of Ibsen (Hedda Gabler) and Anton Chekhov (Oom Wanja). He directed new Afrikaans plays from the pen of van Rian Malan (Die Nagloper), Harry Kalmer (Parkamampoer), Deidre Venter (Verwagtings) and  Hans Pienaar (Kom terug, Saartjie and Drie Dosyn Rose).

Hegter is a production that will run during the Woordpoort Art Festival at the University of Pretoria that takes place from the 6th of October to the 10th of October 2010.

The production will take place at the University of Pretoria, Masker Theatre from Thursday the 7th of October to Saturday the 9th of October 2010 at 20:00, and with a matinee at 15:00 on Saturday the 9th. Tickets cost R50.00 for adults, and R40.00 for students and block bookings of 10 people or more.

UP Arts will provide technical support.

For further information contact:

Yvonne Rabie:  [email protected] or 012 420-2558

For Bookings Contact:

Marielle Labuschagne: [email protected] or 012 420 3644

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