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By BRUCE DENNILL
Violet / Directed by Dr Harold Mortimer / Lesedi, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
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…
To read the complete pARTicipate review visit http://www.brucedennill.co.za/theatre-review-violet-facing-the-future-or-of-flaws-and-faith/