Theatre Review: Violet – Facing The Future, Or Of Flaws And Faith


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

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Bruce Dennill


Violet / Directed by Dr Harold Mortimer / Lesedi, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

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Violet, the story of a young woman with a large scar on her face who travels across a large chunk of America on a Greyhound bus in search of healing and some sort of validation, is not yet a well-known musical in South Africa. That may soon change – for a couple of reasons.

The piece, developed in the mid-Nineties, is set in the Sixties, at a time when civil rights were a major focus in the US, not long after another woman on a bus, Rosa Parks, had helped really launch that narrative into the spotlight. Violet is hoping to track down a television evangelist she believes can restore her face to normal, or even transform her into a silver screen beauty. That requires taking a long journey, on which she meets a number of other transients, including two soldiers named Flick and Monty. Their combination of military cynicism and gruff friendliness allow for the…

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