On stage: The hit play, Earworm, returns to Theatre Arts, April 2022, for a short season

What: Earworm
Where: Theatre Arts, Observatory, Cape Town
When: April 12-17, 2022 at 7pm and a 3pm matinee on April 16  
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: R100 at https://theatrearts.co.za/show/earworm
Writer and director: Natalie Fraser    
Cast: Frances Sholto-Douglas and Bianca Oosthuizen
Production assistant: Roland du Preez
Instagram: @earworm_play
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Earworm-Play-102235859110337

After a sold out season in November 2021, Earworm is returning to Theatre Arts from, April 12-17, 2022. I loved this new play. See my review: https://thecaperobyn.co.za/review-quirky-entertaining-and-insightful-piece-of-theatre-earworm-by-natalie-fraser/ TIn addition to the wryly observed script, I enjoyed the use of space in the theatre and exploration of physical theatre, with two the performers conjuring upcharacters which embed themselves in your mind – like an ‘earworm’. There are evocative images, humour and surprises as the narrative unspools. Info as supplied:

“The play takes place over the course of a sleepless night and explores all those niggling anxieties that keep us awake. We follow one character’s attempts to get to sleep as she battles with mosquitos, that one song that always gets stuck in your head, the pain of blue ticks and other frivolous fixations. However, as it gets later, we may find ourselves on a journey toward slightly darker realizations.”  Earworm was written by Natalie Fraser, when she was in her final year of university. In 2021, she further developed the play, with the two talented performers, Frances Sholto-Douglas and Bianca Oosthuizen. “Both Sholto-Douglas and Oosthuizen give witty, dynamic and poignant performances that are not to be missed.” Earworm will be at Theatre Arts from April 12-17, 2022 at 7.30pm. There will also be a matinee performance on April 16 at 3pm. To read more about the play, see: https://thecaperobyn.co.za/theatre-preview-sleepless-nights-and-bizarre-thoughts-new-play-earworm-premieres-in-cape-town/

Natalie Fraser

Natalie Fraser is a South African theatre-maker who trained at the University of Cape Town. Her specific interests lie within writing, collaborative theatre-making and trying to make people laugh.  

Natalie Fraser on instagram: @_nataliefraser

Frances Sholto-Douglas  

Frances Sholto-Douglas is a South African actress, born in Cape Town. She trained in acting and musical theatre at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts before attending the University of Cape Town, where she received an Honours Degree in Theatre and Performance. She has gained traction through her work in films and television shows such as The Kissing Booth 2 (2020), Black Mirror (2011), and Samson (2018). She has acted in plays such as Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying directed by Lara Foot and Esiseleni Sedini directed by Lwanda Sindaphi. Frances has trained in opera part-time since 2015.  

Frances Sholto-Douglas on instagram: @frances.claire

Bianca Oosthuizen  

Bianca Oosthuizen is an actress currently based in Cape Town. She began acting at a young age. After school she trained at the University of Cape Town, and received a B.A. (hons) in Theatre and Performance with distinction. Highlights from her time as a student include playing Beth in the Sam Shepard classic, A Lie of the Mind, directed by Geoffrey Hyland; acting in Phoenix, directed by Justin Wyatt-Smith and collaborating with Chloe Cattin in creating her final year piece, Nest. After university Bianca has worked predominantly in commercials, film and television. Wanting to develop her live performance skills, she travelled to New York City to study acting in a summer conservatoire under Seth Barrish at the Barrow Group. She is continuously striving to not only better her craft but to contribute meaningfully to diverse projects. She wishes to move forward with passion, curiosity and fearlessness. Hoping to work with teams that share her desire to create compelling work in the future.  

Bianca Oosthuizen on instagram: @biancaosthuizen

Earworm: Natalie Fraser’s play premiered in Cape Town, in November 2021, to great acclaim and the season sold out. The play returns to Theatre Arts from April 12-17, 2022. Supplied.

❇Featured image: Frances Sholto-Douglas on left and Bianca Oosthuizen on right. Supplied.