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21 Aug 2012 - 20 Sep 2012

Venue: Barney Simon
Duration: 90 minutes
Age Restriction: 6

The Market Theatre presents,

Written by Ariel Dorfman
Directed by Greg Homann
Starring David Dennis, Fiona Ramsay and Fezile Mpela

Season: 21 August - 20 September 2012 (Barney Simon Theatre)
22 -23 September 2012 (Hilton Arts Festival)

Chilean America human rights activist, Ariel Dorfman, is one of the world’s leading contemporary playwrights. His most famous play, Death and the Maiden, was made into a film in 1994 by Roman Polanski and starred Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. His latest play provides a pertinent and playful allegory for the ethnic and nationalist divisions we see across the world. These divides are acute in a country like post-apartheid South Africa, making a staging of Delirium an exciting opportunity to highlight the absurdity of man-made boundaries and borders.

Delirium is set against the backdrop of invented lands at war. Although the play is largely in English, Dorfman has invented a new language which is integrated into dialogue. The three characters hang onto a series of delusions as a means of surviving the insane boundaries that have been created by State and family. When a new border line is drawn through the middle of the elderly couples’ house, dividing it into two countries, a series of farcical events unfold.

The productions stellar cast is directed by Greg Homann, who recently won two Ovation Awards at this year’s National Arts Festival (Brothers in Blood and One-Woman Farce) and whose five-man version of The Pirates of Penzance was nominated for nine Naledi Awards this year, winning three, including Best Cutting Edge Production.

Delirium will be presented in the Barney Simon Theatre over a five-week period coinciding with the Mail & Guardian Johannesburg Literary Festival. The Festival includes a pre-performance talk with the director and cast on Friday, 31 August 2012. The season of Delirium will end with a tour to the Hilton Festival in KwaZulu-Natal between 22nd and 23rd September 2012

Writer Ariel Dorfman
Director Greg Homann
Set and Lighting Designer Denis Hutchinson
Costume Designer Jemma Kahn
Sound Designer Mark Malherbe

Season: 21 August – 20 September 2012
No Performances 24– 25 August 2012

Press Night: Wednesday 29 August 2012
Venue: The Barney Simon Theatre

Performance Times: Tues – Sat, 20h15 and Sun, 15h15

NB: Tuesday performances R75 only!

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke ext 121 on 011 832 1641.

For further information, interviews and images, contact:
Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist
Market Theatre Foundation  
011 832 1641 ext 123
072 367 7867


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Cast Character
David Dennis Atom Roma
Fiona Ramsay Levana Julak
Fezile Mpela Guard

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