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Martin Sherman’s acclaimed play Rose comes to National Arts Festival


2011-06-14

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Rose
The Highlander
30 June – 10 July
Tickets:  R38 – R75
Bookings: www.computicket.com
PG

Martin Sherman’s acclaimed play Rose will be performed at the National Arts Festival from 30 June to 10 July at The Highlander (excluding 8 July).

First performed at the National Theatre, London, in 1999, Rose is now presented by Red Kettle Theatre Company and KBT Productions, with support from Culture Ireland,  and features seasoned actress Fiona York in the title role, directed by Ben Hennessy.

Rose is the story of a remarkable life and an amazing story of survival. Her journey starts in a tiny Russian village and takes her to the Warsaw ghettos and a ship called “The Exodus”, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons and the salsa-flavoured nights of Miami Beach. This is a sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman and events that shaped a century.

Irish-born Fiona York trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning forty years, encompassing film, television, radio and theatre. Performances range from Disney movies to the West End stage and to British period drama, American docu-soaps and BBC Radio.  West End credits include Rollo and Wings of the Dove at the Haymarket Theatre and she has performed in Ireland in productions such as Hamlet, The Unfortunate Husband and Blood Wedding. Fionahas performed Rose all over the world including festivals in Scotland and Australia.

Martin Sherman’s plays include BENT at the Royal Court, West End and Broadway; ABSOLUTELY! in the West End, and his adaptation of E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India . His screenplays include Clothes in the Wardrobe and Alive and Kicking. 

Ben Hennessy is a director, writer, librettist, designer, founder member and Artistic Director of the Irish-based Red Kettle Theatre Company.  He has directed and designed productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet; written twelve plays for children; wrote the book and libretto of Lily’s Labyrinth, an opera for children, and designed over fifty shows for Red Kettle. Ben also works as a painter and his work is included in many private and public collections.

Critics have hailed Rose as ‘compelling….captivating’ (Adelaide Theatre Guide) and “ …cannot fail to move you….Martin Sherman’s spectacularly well written play…..Fiona York acts brilliantly; the moving stories told to the audience bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your lips…” (Unlimited /Three Weeks Edinburgh).

"I am delighted that Fiona York is bringing her performance of ROSE to South Africa.  I am particularly pleased that a country that has taught the world so much about forgiveness and compassion will have a chance to see this play once again,” says Martin Sherman.

“We are delighted and honoured to be bringing Rose to National Arts Festival audiences,” says Simon Cooper of KBT Productions. 

Rose will be performed at The Highlander on 30 June at 20h00; 1 July at 14h00; 2 July at 10h00; 3 July at 12h00; 4 July at 16h00;  5 July at 10h00; 6 July at 18h00; 7 July at 20h00; 9 July at 14h00 and 10 July at 16h00.  PG

Tickets cost R60, R65 and R75. Tickets to the show on 30 June cost only R50 and for the show on 10 July only R38.

*Look out for KBT Productions producers Simon and Helen Cooper who will present as part of the Hands On!  Masks Off! Programme. Writing about the Fleur du Cap awards this year, Artslink commented, “With the number of times Simon Cooper’s name was mentioned in grateful thanks, it’s clear even from this just one event, that his contribution to the local theatre scene – in many aspects – is both a positive and necessary one. It is of significance that the body of work being produced and presented in his Kalk Bay Theatre, or under the banner of his KBT Productions, is of such quality not only to sustain the off-the-beaten track Theatre itself, but also to make work of a standard which gets the tongues of the country wagging.”