Selwyn and Gabriel

Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Richard Kaplan | Directed by Tara Notcutt | Starring Kai Luke Brummer and Mbulelo Grootboom
Mature Themes

“A theatrical gem. Five Stars.” Beverley Brommert, the Argus.

“This is a poignant, tender piece of theatre - wryly observed, skilfully crafted, funny and affirming.” Robyn Cohen, The Cape Times.

After sold out performances in September 2017, Selwyn & Gabriel returns to the Alexander Bar.

In the dead of night, Selwyn Aaron Bernstein wakes to find the intruder Gabriel in his home. Something terrible has happened. Gabriel who is at once interrogator, bureaucrat and therapist begins an investigation. “Where were you on the 10th July 2016 at 2.34am when the lights went out?” he asks. “I was asleep,” Selwyn replies.

But was he? What follows is an intriguing inner journey of discovery about regret & real estate, flight & friendship, lies & integrity. And love – always love...

Kai Luke Brummer graduated from UCT in 2016 with a B.A Honours in Theatre and Performance, with distinction in Acting. He was awarded the Ellie Walendorf Prize for best male actor in 2015. He has performed in numerous theatre productions, including The Dead Wait directed by Mdu Kweyama, Ebola directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen, Black Dog/ Inj’enyama directed by Clare Stopford, Gavin Krastin’s Trophy and in (s)kin directed by Mbongeni Mtshali.

Mbulelo Grootboom is a Film, TV and stage thespian. He received a Fleur du Cap award in 2013 for his role in Mike van Graan’s 'Just Business'. He is currently appearing in four shows across the television channels. 

Richard Kaplan is a medical doctor working in the field of HIV research at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. His first play, 'The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner' was performed at the Alexander Bar and the Cape Town Fringe Festival in 2016. 'Selwyn & Gabriel' is his second play.

At the age of 31, Tara Notcutt is one of the most prolific directors of her generation. She is a celebrated independent director and producer, as well as Artistic Director of The Pink Couch, with a repertoire of award-winning and internationally travelling work under her belt. She has a BA in Theatre and Performance, majoring in Theatre Making, from the University of Cape Town. She has won the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors (2010), and the Baxter Theatre/GIPCA/ Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary (2010). She was a member of the prestigious Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York City (2011), and is one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans (2012). Since 2009, Tara has presented works at 45 festivals in 15 cities in 4 countries on 3 continents, but South Africa is her favourite. Her most lauded works include '…miskien', 'Mafeking Road', 'Undermined', 'The Three Little Pigs', and 'Three Blind Mice'. She is also the South African Associate Director for the UK production of 'The Gruffalo', created by Tall Stories, and produced by National Arts Festival Grahamstown. Her most recent project was her 50th show that she directed, an all-female production of 'The Taming of the Shrew', presented at Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in February 2018. 

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 5th Sep 2017 ★★★★★ Argus

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