Ashes

Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and directed by Philip Rademeyer, Presented by Rust Co-Operative, Performed by Stefan Erasmus and Jason Jacobs
Presented by the award-winning Rust Co-Operative, Ashes is a hard-hitting two-hander chronicling the life of a young gay man through the eyes of six characters. It explores his small-town upbringing, his entrance into adulthood and the excitement and thrill of first love. A sudden, violent event ruptures the world of the characters, forcing them to pick up the pieces in the void that remains. Inspired by actual events, Ashes examines family, love, and the scourge of violence against gay lives in our country.

Presented by the dynamic Rust Co-Operative team of Philip Rademeyer and Penelope Youngleson, the creators of award-winning works such as The View (winner of two awards at International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, nominated for three Fleur du Cap Awards), Siembamba (Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award, played at Amsterdam Fringe Festival) and Expectant (Standard Bank Ovation Award, played at Afrovibes Festival). Ashes features the exciting talents of rising stars Stefan Erasmus and Jason Jacobs. 
The impetus for Ashes is the ongoing violence against gays and lesbians in our country, specifically three excessively violent attacks on young gay men in the Western and Northern Cape in 2014 (which mostly remained unreported in the mainstream media) – in one particular instance an assailant called over a group of teenagers to watch as he was “going to kill a moffie.” With Ashes, the writer examines systemic homophobia and the scourge of violence against young gay lives in our country, deftly exploring the thin line between the personal and the political. Ashes is an intimate theatrical piece, serving as a reminder that individual lives are not isolated events but part of the social fabric, intricately woven up with and into other lives.

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