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A Girl Called Owl   by Jon Keevy

Genre
Drama
Running Time
55 mins
Cast Size
1 Woman
Target Audience
Adult
Language
English

Olivia arrived in the town with her Dad; she was the new girl, the quiet girl, the weird girl. Then she met Kay, the girl with the scar.

All Who Pass   by Amy Jephta

Genre
Drama
Running Time
approx. 120 mins
Cast Size
4 women, 4 men
Target Audience
All
Language
Eng­lish, Afrikaans, some Arabic
District 6, Cape Town, 1974. The inner-city neighbourhood is being forcibly cleared by the apartheid regime. 2013, a daughter returns to claim her inheritance and exorcise the ghosts of what took place there. A journey to a landscape of memories past and present.

All Who Pass was developed by the Royal Court Theatre/British Council as part of the International Playwriting Residency from 2013-2014.

Civil Parting   by Nicholas Spagnoletti

Genre
Comedy-Drama
Running Time
60 mins
Cast Size
2 Men
Target Audience
Adult
Language
English with small amounts of Afrikaans

Civil Part­ing is a sav­agely funny comedy-drama about two men get­ting divorced. Glenn and Jean-Pierre have been mar­ried for seven years, as long as gay mar­riage has been legal in South Africa. Things have soured between them but since they are pro­fes­sional, respectable mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, they have resolved to divorce ami­ca­bly. As they are kept wait­ing alone together in the divorce lawyer’s recep­tion, the cracks in their cor­dial­ity begin to show.

Deli­ciously bit­ing com­edy” — Sun­day Inde­pen­dent
“[An] acutely observed por­trait of rela­tion­ship fail­ure… the dia­logue pos­i­tively crack­les… doesn’t exoti­cise the phe­nom­e­non; it turns out the end­ing of a gay rela­tion­ship looks much the same as the end­ing of a straight one ” — Rebecca Davis, The Times
“Deli­ciously funny… believ­able char­ac­ters… impec­ca­ble sense of dia­logue” — Tracey Saun­ders, Cape Times

Flight Lessons   by Amy Jephta

Genre
Drama
Running Time
50 mins
Cast Size
1 Woman
Target Audience
Adult
Language
English, Afrikaans
Flight Lessons is a monologue that presents the lives of two women on separate continents. Best friends since childhood, Maya and Anika grew up together in South Africa, sharing a bond closer than sisters. Now, Maya is a voluntary exile from her place of birth and Anika can't seem to get away from it. A new play by Amy Jephta that explores what happens to friendships stretched to their limits, to young South Africans displaced and what it means to find - and lose - the idea of home.

First performed at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London, starring Saria Steyl, as part of the South African Season (8-12 July 2014).