Theatre Review: Van Wyk – The Storyteller Of Riverlea: A Raconteur Remembered, Or From The Page To The Stage


Bruce Dennill

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Van Wyk: The Storyteller Of Riverlea / Directed by Christo Davids / Mannie Manim Theatre, Market Theatre Complex, Newtown, Johannesburg

The late Chris Van Wyk was a prolific and respected writer, author, poet and editor, esteemed for acumen and much loved for his good humour, approachability and skill as a raconteur. Actor Zane Meas knew Van Wyk well, having been inspired at high school after gaining acclaim for performing an adaptation of a short story called Flats (which forms a segment of this play).

Meas penned Van Wyk: The Storyteller Of Riverlea as a tribute to both his friend and Van Wyk the political commentator and activist. On tht first score, the piece is a lyrical, well-acted success. Director and set designer Christo Davids has given Meas a sort of playground of the mind to move around in – a painted map on the floor; a representation of the golden mine dump around which Riverlea, the poor Johannesburg suburb in which Van Wyk grew up,…

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