Contractions

Drama/Dark Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Mike Bartlett | Directed by Greg Karvellas | Performed by Emily Child & Janna Ramos-Violante | Lighting Design by Luke Ellenbogen
Mike Bartlett's Contractions, first presented by London's Royal Court Theatre, debuts in South Africa at the Alexander Bar on the 25th January 2016.  Starring Janna Ramos-Violante (Constellations, Venus in Fur,) Emily Child ( The Pervert Laura, Born in the RSA,) and is Directed by Greg Karvellas ( Bad Jews, Champ) this dark comedy explores  the transformative dynamics of the corporate world and  quite literally the limits we are willing to put on the Company we keep. Sharp, wily and resolute - this is potent theatre. Contractions was first performed on stage at The Royal Court Theatre, London on 29 May 2008. 
CONTRACTIONS was first performed on stage at The Royal Court Theatre, London on 29nd May 2008. The English Language playtext is available from Methuen Drama.

Emily Child graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a Theatre and Performance Degree, specializing in Acting. Since then she has worked independently and as a proud member of acclaimed Cape Town based theatre troupe – The Mechanicals. Her work has garnered her numerous awards and nominations including the 2015 Fleur Du Cap for “Best Actress” for the role of “Laura” in Louis Viljoen’s “The Pervert Laura” last staged at the The Fugard Theatre. Other theatre projects include “LEAR”, written by William Shakespeare and Directed by Guy De Lancey, “CHAMP”, written by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas where Emily performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2013, as well as LA based Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre and The Mechanicals’ coproduction – “Urban Death”, directed by Jana Wimer. Emily’s one -woman show, based on Dorothy Parker’s short stories, “A Certain Lady” was directed by Greg Karvellas and performed around Cape Town in 2014. Emily was recently seen at The Baxter Studio Theatre, Grahamstown and Hilton Festivals in “Born in the RSA”, directed by Thoko Ntshinga. On film, Emily can be seen in the SAFTA winning series pilot, “Armed Response”, BBC’s youth series “Young Leonardo” as well as “Shirley Adams,” directed by Oliver Hermanus. Emily is currently working on the feature film “Beyond the River” directed by Craig Freimond.


Janna Ramos-Violante graduated in 2005 with a B.A in Drama & Performance studies and German translation. She has since been working professionally as an actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, writer and producer in Durban and Johannesburg. Standout roles include Cecile in Dangerous Liaisons (Best Newcomer Durban theatre Awards nomination), Catherine in Boston Marriage (winner of Best Comedy Actress and Best Supporting Actress Durban Theatre Awards), Carol in Oleanna (best actress nomination Durban Theatre Awards), Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Best Lead Actress in a musical), Emilia in Othello, Suzette in Don’t Dress for Dinner (winner of Best Comedy Actress and Best Actress Durban Theatre Awards) and Vanda in Venus in Fur (best actress 2013) . In 2005 she formed the theatre company Fett Diva Productions with friend Josette Eales and produced such works as Agnes of God, ‘Night Mother, The Lover and Sally and Marshsa. 

In 2010 Janna formed her own theatre company Thinskin which debuted with an original penned by herself, Mein Soldat. It premiered at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival where it won Ovation Award this provided a spring board for it to be seen at the Hilton Arts festival and the Playhouse New Stages Festival. The play was also nominated for best new South African script, best actress, best actor, best newcomer and best director at the 2010 Durban theatre awards. She also founded the I Heart Durban Theatre Festival where her new play, Callum’s Will, was debuted. The festival was for the development of new South African Theatre and created a platform for new scripts to be staged. Based on its success at I Heart, Callum’s Will went on to have other runs around the country for 2 years. 2012 the role of Suzette in the comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner and ended with a move to Johannesburg. It has been a great move and full of new opportunity. Janna spent 2013 touring with Don’t Dress for Dinner and Venus in Fur, producing her new play Phobic and a production of John Patrick Shanley’s, Doubt, directed by James Cuningham, and made a guest appearance on Popular TV series The Wild. In 2014 Janna co-directed Sweet Charity for the National School of the Arts alongside mark Hawkins, starred in Nick Payne’s Constellations directed by Alan Swerdlow, which toured around the country for several months and had a cameo on the BBC’s The Wrong Man’s. 2015 has been full of exciting new roles, beginning with taking on Marlene Dietrich’s daughter, Maria Riva, in Gail Louw’s intriguing new play, Miss Dietrich Regrets, reprising the role of Sister James in John Patrick Shanley’s, Doubt and playing Emily in Craig Higginson's new South African Play, The imagined Land. Greg Karvellas has for the past 10 years worked as a Director, Producer and Production Manager in both theatre and television. He has co-produced with his long time collaborator, writer Louis Viljoen, The Abusers, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen, and directed the hit play Champ, which enjoyed successful seasons at the Artscape Arena Theatre, the Fugard Studio Theatre, the Grahamstown Festival and the Edinburgh Festival in 2013. Gregs most recent directing credit is Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews which enjoyed a sold out season at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and is currently running in Johannesburg. Greg is the General Manager and Associate Producer of the Fugard Theatre.

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