The Magnet Theatre has been creating a unique type of physical theatre for the past 25 years. To celebrate this anniversary, the company is staging Voices Made Night, a production adapted from short stories by Mia Couto, widely regarded as one of Mozambique's leading literary figures and the most prominent writer in Portuguese-speaking Africa.
"When we first read Mia's stories we were struck by the visually exciting metaphoric images that provide perfect material for our physical style of theatre," explained director Mark Fleishman. "His writing is a perfect match for Magnet's style. The language is dense and multi-layered, providing ample opportunity to tease out the images while making full use of the physical space of the theatre in a way which we hope is profound and arresting for the audience."
Incredible talent of the seven performers
Profound indeed. Cuoto's writing blends fantasy and reality to the point where you don't quite know where one ends and the other begins. There were also a few times when things were "out there" to the extent that I wasn't quite sure what I was watching or how I was supposed to react. Despite the confusion, one thing that was absolutely clear was the incredible talent of the seven performers. Their dynamic portrayal of these weird and wonderful characters is what makes Voices Made Night so engaging and worth your time.
Voices Made Night (PG-13) is at Cape Town's Baxter Theatre until 23 March. Tickets are available from Computicket. For discounted block bookings, contact Sharon ( and +27 (0)21 680 3962) or Carmen ( and +27 (0)21 680 3993) during office hours. For more information, go to www.magnettheatre.co.za.
Eugene Yiga is a reformed accountant, now enjoying his time as a lifestyle and entertainment writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. He also writes about personal development and is on a quest to read the 100 greatest books of all time before he turns 30. You can contact Eugene by following @eugeneyiga on Twitter or by emailing to say, um, hello.
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