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Miss Julie

24 Oct 2012 - 01 Nov 2012

Venue: The Ramolao Makhene Theatre
Age Restriction: All Ages

The Market Theatre presents
Miss Julie
Written by August Strindberg
Adapted by Anna Pettersson
Season 24 October – 01 November 2012

This guest performance celebrates 18 years of successful collaboration between Market Theatre and Stockholm Stadsteater, Sweden. During those years, audiences in our two countries have seen a huge number of great shows visiting our respective stages.

This production of Miss Julie, which also marks the centenary of Sweden’s finest playwright, August Strindberg, was received by raving reviews at its premiere in April at Strindberg’s Intima Teatern, Stockholm:  “A brilliant Miss Julie… Anna Pettersson is a stand-alone in Swedish theatre.” SvD “Anna Pettersson turns Strindberg’s naturalistic tragedy into an inner drama of the soul. It is a deeply original interpretation, suggestive and oftentimes very funny. Anna Pettersson shows once more what an exceptional scenic artist she is.” UNT

Anna Pettersson, the award winning Swedish actress, plays all three characters in this iconic play. A cameraman joins her on stage and films her, with the footage being directly projected onto a backdrop – along with other pre-recorded and pre-edited material. The actress shifts the focus from naturalism to explore the inner complex motivation of each character – hoping to probe into the mystery of identity and human nature. The play’s themes of class tension, gender roles, power and the impact of social environment are hereby firmly placed in the foreground.

Anna Pettersson states:
Miss Julie is interesting because it is Strindbergs’ most frequently staged work. Miss Julie the cliché has become more potent than the drama itself. It is easy to envisage Jean’s broad legged stance in the black riding boots and just as easy to see Julie’s manipulative and coquettish seductive moves or Kristina’s wholesome and rustic appearance.

But what are they actually saying? It is my hope that the audience will get a chance to hear sense and discover a new Miss Julie.

The international interest in August Strindberg and Miss Julie is strong and growing. This production has been performed in Bulgaria and Macedonia and after its performances at the Market Theatre, the tour continues to USA, Russia and South Korea. The tour to South Africa is generously funded by the Swedish Arts Council.

Production Information
Writer August Strindberg
Director and Performer Anna Pettersson
Cameraman and Performer Max Marklund
Production Manager Lars Engman
Stage Manager Thunyelwa Rachwene

Venue The Ramolao Theatre @ Market Lab
Performance Times Tues – Sat, 20h15 and Sun, 15h15
Tuesday performances R75 only!

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke ext 121 or Neo Letsogo ext 135 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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