Moral dilemmas to play out at the Little Theatre

16 October 2006

As part of its ongoing 75th anniversary celebration, the Little Theatre is proud to present Howard Barker's acclaimed work, The Possibilities.

Uncompromising British playwright Barker is known for writing texts where his characters find themselves in post-catastrophic situations so that we, as the audience, can watch them wrestle with their choices. The characters, free from any social obligations, are free to do whatever they want in order to define who they are.

They can torture, love, torment, betray, kill and anything and everything else their heart desires.

The Possibilities gives us ten such different situations, where the struggles are undertaken by the bookseller who does not want to share knowledge, the national hero who does not want to be admired, the family who keeps weaving even though they are being bombarded with other dilemmas.

Under the direction of finishing master's student, Sanjin Muftic, and featuring the talents of UCT drama students, Barker's rich text comes to life in this imaginative landscape of human speculation.

Aided by Daniel Galloway's lighting and Illka Louw's costumes, the production strives to be a radical theatrical experience, as it turns the theatre into a deconstruction zone, and puts the audience as close as possible to the action.

The actors are there to take the audience on a journey deep into the speculation of the human condition, through humour and tragedy, absurdity and logic of what makes us who we are.

The Possibilities will be playing at the Arena Theatre, 37 Orange Street, from October 20 to 22 at 20h00.

Tickets are R35 for adults, R25 for students, pensioners, and block bookings of 10 or more. The show is not for those below 16 years of age. Call 021 480 7129 or e-mail

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