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Private Lives

Playwright: Noël Coward

Direction: Fred Abrahamse

Set Design & Lighting Design: Stan Knight

Costume Design: Marcel Meyer

Photography: Pat Bromilow-Downing

Cast: Erica Wessels, Marcel Meyer, Anelisa Phewa, Namhla Tshuka, Darron Arauju

Venue: NewSpace Theatre, 44 Long Street

Date: April/May 2009

About: An effervescent revival of Sir Noël Coward classic comedy of bad manners.

What the Press Said:

“Elegant entertainment…Sparkling theatre: pure entertainment in a minor key…Coward at his best…Fred Abrahamse’s direction ensures a sophisticated, streamlined production – the piece is delicately choreographed and moves effortlessly like a luxury yacht on the open sea.” DIE BURGER

“Meyer and Wessels take on their roles with gusto…their relationship is about extremes and Wessels and Meyer manage to make the needling seem natural.” CAPE TIMES

Private Lives is given a fresh comic twist, without altering one word of the original script. Abrahamse’s reputation for giving classic plays a life of their own is again evident…Erica Wessels is brilliantly cast as Amanda…Marcel Meyer impressed the audience with his awesome portrayal of the dashing, bold Englishman, Elyot…A real pleasure to watch.” THE WRITING STUDIO

“the production has such a cool sheen to it. The world of the play as visualised by director Fred Abrahamse and his team, make it easy for one to slip into it.” THE NEXT 48 HOURS


Best Supporting Actress – Erica Wessels [win]

Best Costume Design – Marcel Meyer [nomination]

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