Photo: Brent Palmer, Rebecca Makin-Taylor and Pierre Malherbe in The Kingmakers.
Photographer: Jesse Kramer.
THE FUGARD THEATRE ANNOUNCES FIRST PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE LOUIS VILJOEN AND A STAGING OF HIS 2014 FLEUR DU CAP AWARDS BEST NEW SCRIPT WINNER ‘THE KINGMAKERS’- 23 FEBRUARY-19 MARCH.
Following on from the highly regarded Fugard Theatre productions of award-winning playwright Louis Viljoen’s plays CHAMP (2013) and THE PERVERT LAURA (2015), his multiple 2014 Fleur du Cap award-winning THE KINGMAKERS will be produced at the Fugard Theatre Studio from 23 February to 19 March 2016. Viljoen will direct. He also won the 2014 FLEUR DU CAP BEST NEW DIRECTOR AWARD for THE KINGMAKERS.
A ‘pitch black’ political comedy THE KINGMAKERS follows a group of opposition-party strategists as they attempt to place a neutral party member in contention for leadership. After an internal power struggle leaves them out in the cold and on the fringes of the party, they come up with a plan to shape a seemingly ambition-less, but well-respected politician into a leader. With the help of a rising commercial corporation seeking political clout and possible government contracts, the stage is set for a merciless power grab and perhaps a chance at revenge.
THE KINGMAKERS is set in the familiar world of skullduggery, backstabbing, one-upmanship, disloyalty, blackmail and profiteering, otherwise known as South African politics. Our three heroes spend their days making sure the system works for no one except the lucky few or the ones who can afford to do as they please. But after years of working in the dark and the cold, financially speaking, they conspire to get something for themselves, whether it be gold or power. Preferably both.
“The Fugard Theatre exists to showcase the best of South African talent and it all begins with writers. While we are committed to world class South African and International productions of existing plays and musical theatre, we are equally committed to encouraging new South African writing. Louis Viljoen is one of these new voices who the Fugard Theatre will nurture by appointing him our first playwright in residence. The playwright in residence programme provides the writer with a series of guaranteed commissions and production of his work on the Fugard Theatre Studio stage” Eric Abraham Founding producer and owner of the Fugard Theatre said.
THE KINGMAKERS stars Pierre Malherbe (Sexual Perversity in Chicago), Rebecca Makin-Taylor (Last Rounds) and Brent Palmer (A Steady Rain).
Lighting design is by Ben du Plessis with Set Design by Greg Karvellas and Louis Viljoen and Costume Design by Lamees Albertus.
Previous press comments have included: ‘Five stars….Brilliant….memorably good theatre‘ (Cape Argus); ‘tautly plotted… rivetingly executed… truly top notch performances… one thrillingly disquieting production’ (The Next 48 Hours) and ‘Dark, fast-paced comedy takes no prisoners‘ (Cape Times).
Warning: THE KINGMAKERS contains extremely strong language, strictly no under 16.
Submitted for: Christine Skinner