CS Lewis meets Freud at the Square


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Freud's Last Session
Freud’s Last Session

Daphne Kuhn presents Marc St Germain’s international hit Freud’s Last Session at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square in Sandon from August 22.

The play stars Graham Hopkins and Antony Coleman, directed by Alan Swerdlow with set and lighting design by Denis Hutchinson.

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The Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton is proud to present its next production – Freud’s Last Session from 22 August till 16 September. This award-winning international play by Marc St. Germain presents a compelling debate on the existence of God. It is filled with humanity, humour, and razor-sharp dialogue. The new production will star two leading stalwarts of South African theatre, Graham Hopkins and Antony Coleman and will be directed by the acclaimed award-winning Alan Swerdlow, with set and lighting design by Denis Hutchinson.

As Freud and Lewis argue about whether belief in God is merely a childish fantasy (in Freud’s view), or a crucial element of a meaningful life, (in Lewis’s), the BBC keeps interrupting with the latest news bulletins. The news could be better. Marc St. Germain has cleverly set his play on September 3, 1939 – with war with Germany imminent and terrifying to both the dying 83-year-old Jewish refugee from Vienna and the 40-year-old World War I veteran, visiting from Oxford.

“Exciting and thought-provoking … riveting theater” – The Huffington Post

They may be meeting to try to resolve the conflict between science and religion, but their conversation veers to their parents, the power of music, the meaning of Hitler and the entertainment value of flatulence! They both make jokes about the couch in the room. Lewis teases Freud for being obsessed with sex; Freud mocks Lewis’s deference to authority.

This is a cerebral play filled with wit and warmth which runs for 4 weeks opening on 22 August. Bookings are now open at Computicket (call 0861 915 800 or online www.computicket.com) or can be made by calling the theatre on 011 883 8606. There are group discounts for schools, corporates and special interest groups – and dinner show packages can be made by arrangement with some of the upmarket restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square.

“Exciting and thought-provoking … riveting theater” – The Huffington Post

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