Live on stage: A Cape Town debut- So You Want to be a Trophy Wife?
Covid interruptus. The year of the pandemic, has seen cancellations and postponement of many art premieres. The one hander,So You Want to be a Trophy Wife?, written and performed by Sue Diepeveen and directed by Wynne Bredenkamp was scheduled for staging in early 2020 and then came Covid and the National lockdown. Undeterred, F Creations, the producer, decided to go into the Drama Factory and film the production for screening as video-on-demand on the vFringe at the Virtual National Festival. This was when lockdown regulations allowed crews to operate – with restrictions. The screening So You Want to be a Trophy Wife? on the digital stage was like a preview run of the show. Now. that we can venture back into the theatre again, the play will be staged at two venues – The Drama Factory and 44 on Long.
Reviews follow, of So You Want to be a Trophy Wife? These are reviews of the filmed version – which went out as video-on-demand at the vFringe. The seasons atThe Drama Factory, Somerset West (October 29-31, 2020) and 44 on Long (November 6-7 and 13-14) will be live performance, on stage. There will be no buffering anxiety. If you are in good health, wear your mask and get there. Watching the one hander on the digital stage, I kept thinking – I can’t wait to see this live on stage. The buzz was that theatres were unlikely to open until 2021, so it is a bonus that we can get back to live performance in the last months of the year – obviously with Covid-19 precautions in place. No mask, no entry.
|When: 29-31 October Where: The Drama Factory, Somerset West Bookings: https://www.thedramafactory.co.za/show/FCrea2001/||When: 6-7 and 13-14 November Where: 44 on Long Bookings: https://qkt.io/TrophyWife|
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The debut of So You Want to be a Trophy Wife? has been a little delayed this year, but we are proud to be finally bringing it live audiences this October. After a successful virtual debut on the National Arts Festival vFringe platform earlier this year, we thought it was time to bring it fully to life at the most suitable venue for it – The Drama Factory. This will be followed immediately by a run in Cape Town at 44 on Long.
So You Want to be a Trophy Wife? is written and performed by Sue Diepeveen, and directed by Wynne Bredenkamp. Diepeveen is part of the team that won a 2019 Standard Bank Ovation Award for Your Perfect Life and Bredenkamp is a force to be reckoned with, winning numerous coveted awards for writing and directing. This fearless team is exploring the notion of what happens to a woman when she reaches her ‘sell-by date’.
The play follows the highs and lows of reaching middle age and pokes fun at how society ignores women in this particular category. In a world awash with ‘influencers’ and ‘blessers’, poor old Marie is swamped! Feeling invisible and desperate, her only hope, it seems, is to find herself a rich husband. But that is easier said than done. She’ll also need to make few changes in order to attract said rich man. Can mutton really be dressed up as lamb? Does it want to be dressed up as lamb?
Audiences are invited to laugh along with the character Marie as she looks at the unbelievable expectations that society places on women, and how ridiculous the fairer sex can be in the pursuit of what we think is happiness.
“she has created a character almost comical in her naivety, while also being deeply sympathetic at the same time.” – Lindsay Kruger (Broadway World)
“She pulls us into her gaze, into her space.” – Robyn Cohen (The Cape Robyn)
F Creations looks forward to welcoming audiences to experience So You Want to be a Trophy Wife? live for the very first time this October at The Drama Factory and then this November at 44 on Long.
Reviews of So You Want to be a Trophy Wife?These are reviews of the filmed version – which went out as video-on-demand at the vFringe (at The Virtual National Festival), 2020. The seasons at The Drama Factory, Somerset West (October 29-31, 2020) and 44 on Long (November 6-7 and 13-14) will be live performance, on stage.