ONWEER

physical-drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Carlo Daniels and Abigail Mei
Includes themes of abuse and depictions of sexual violence

Joe Solomons is returning home after 10 years in prison. But for his daughter ammy this isn't something to celebrate. With growing dread she waits for her father's return and the whole community holds its breath... has prison made him a better man? The truth has been buried in silence for so long, what will happen when it escapes?

A new and original physical theatre play performed in Afrikaans. Created and performed by two upcoming theatre makers, Onweer explores important questions with fearless performances from Abigail Mei and Carlo Daniels.

ONWEER is a new and relevant theatre piece, that tells a very important story about a young woman Tammy Solomoms who is caught in a web of emotional abuse by her father. The play is created by Carlo Daniels and Abigail Mei both trained in physical theatre at Magnet theatre under Jenny Reznek. Onweer won best of festival at the Zabalaza Fest in 2018 out of 40 productions and is the the first Afrikaans play to do so. The production got five nominations and two awards (Best Production and Carlo Daniels as Best Actor). This production is also directed by Carlo Daniels who has played in several David Kramer and Fugard Theatre productions like: Kat and The Kings, Orpheus in Africa and District Six Kanala.  Daniels was last seen in Friedrich Durrenmatt's The Visit at Magnet Theatre directed by Mark Fleishman.

With the high levels of violence against women in South Africa, this physical theatre piece speaks to a frightening reality for many. “Onweer was a chance for me to create my own language,” says Daniels. “It was a way for me to communicate my vision as a director. When I wrote this play I’d heard of many cases of rape around me. It motivated me to research the theme and the impact on the victim and the community. Abigail and I developed the piece, first for a competition as a 20-minute play, then as a fully-fledged production."

Daniels is a physical theatre-trained actor, singer and theatre-maker, who grew up in Mitchell’s Plain where he started performing on street corners. He later performed at Madame Zingara and had his first big break in David Kramer’s 2011 musical hit production Some Like it Vrot. He went on to star in several other David Kramer productions such as Kat and the Kings, Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa, District Six Kanala and Fred Abrahamse’s Robin Hood Canal Walk. He also performed alongside David Kramer in Platteland, at the 2018 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK). Both artists recently completed the 2-year, full-time, training and job creation programme at Magnet Theatre.




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